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Vexo’s LP-PS ($12,300) is a beautifully finished, all-tube, remote-controlled preamp with outboard power supply, four inputs and an eye-catching meter. Construction is breathtakingly superb -- to Swiss standards (not surprising, given the company's proximity to Switzerland) -- with internal isolation of sensitive circuitry stages.

Lovers of the 300B output tube will think they’ve died and gone to heaven: Vexo’s VX-S40 stereo power amp ($39,700), with outboard power supply, uses eight 300Bs to produce 50Wpc. The amp accepts both single-ended and balanced input.

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