preamp

noun
pre·​amp | \ ˈprē-ˌamp How to pronounce preamp (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pre-amp
plural preamps also pre-amps

Definition of preamp

: preamplifier On a fundamental level, a preamp makes sound louder without adding noise. Plug a smartphone into a stereo with the volume maxed out and you'll likely get a lot of distortion. A preamp adds that volume without the noise.— Thorin Klosowski The goal was to assemble a transportable machine that would pick up the specific nuclear signatures associated with materials used in nuclear weapons while screening out materials that might trigger a similar reading, a lab spokesman said. … The systems' parts, though not all available from Radio Shack, came from components on hand at the lab … including a hand-held computer, a pre-amp, an amplifier and a solid-state detector.Inside Energy/with Federal Lands

Examples of preamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s even a preamp output stage for those people who might want to connect the Cyrus One Cast to a larger power amp. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 But more seasoned stereophiles may want to curate their own preamp choice. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 But more seasoned stereophiles may want to curate their own preamp choice. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 But more seasoned stereophiles may want to curate their own preamp choice. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 But more seasoned stereophiles may want to curate their own preamp choice. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 But more seasoned stereophiles may want to curate their own preamp choice. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 23 Nov. 2020 The phono setting delivers the unaltered signal from the phono cartridge, which must be used with a phono preamp or the phono input of a receiver or amplifier. Star Tribune, 31 July 2020 Wrapped in an insanely sturdy rack mountable metal chassis and stylish to boot, this preamp-EQ-compressor combo excels on any source and is great for bringing life to otherwise dull-sounding material. Popular Science, 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of preamp

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Preamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preamp. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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