Tape head preamplifiers that take your reel to reel deck to the next level!

1980’s reel to reel tape recorders have 1980’s electronics. Welcome to 2023

Our design goal was to produce a midpriced, superb sounding Tape Head Preamplier using state-of-the-art components with a hybrid of some of the best tube designs from the late 50s. We have succeeded in bringing tape listening to new heights with a device that way out performed our expectations using modern day, high end components.

Comparisons between reel to reel tape recorders and expensive turntables are inevitable. Without engaging debate, phono preamplifiers have improved significantly over the years and yet have great similarities to tape head preamplifiers. The quality of electronics in 1980’s tape recorders is old news and not remotely in the same league as what’s available now. 

By taking the signal directly off the playback head and running it through a great preamplifier, you enter into a vast new arena of sound possibilities. 

In high-end audio, diminishing returns with subtle improvements, tends to be the norm. Not so with the TP series preamps. Whether you are running 15 IPS master tapes or the older pre-recorded tapes, this is potentially one of the most significant upgrades you can do. The AHF TP series Preamps will take your system to a surprising new level, at the cost of a Good – VG phono cartridge. Our two new Preamplifiers are now in production and will be available in Fall 2023. 



Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, significant sound quality improvements occur with more modern, high-end electronics.  It’s surprising how most of the top end Tape recorders made in Japan and elsewhere sound quite insufficient when you compare with current electronics.

Yes, just disconnect the existing 4 wires on the playback head and attach new ones. This must be done with the right shielded Wire and can be internal On your machine or direct to the preamplifier. We offer the correct wire for this install.

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