preamplifier

noun

pre·​am·​pli·​fi·​er (ˌ)prē-ˈam-plə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce preamplifier (audio)
: an amplifier designed to amplify extremely weak electrical signals before they are fed to additional amplifier circuits

Examples of preamplifier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now the company has announced an all-new ground-up design of an analog preamplifier. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The signal from the receiver goes to a preamplifier, which filters out unwanted frequencies, and then is converted to DC and digitized. Kat Friedrich, Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2023 These audio amplifiers combine a preamplifier for boosting the sound signal and a power amplifier for driving the loudspeakers. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Feb. 2022 In the summer of 2017, NASA approved Mezilis’ suggestions and assembled the components based on his specifications—including a high-grade commercial microphone and preamplifier combo from DPA Microphones, an analog-to-digital converter, and a custom dust-protection screen. Eric Adams, Wired, 17 Feb. 2021 The Ultima Pre 3 is an entirely fresh design of preamplifier both inside and out. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The ‘Air’ function emulates the technology found in Focusrite’s legendary ISA professional studio preamplifier. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The $275 Bellari PA255 tube preamplifier would be a good choice, as well. Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Just like its stablemate, the Denon AVC-X8500HA, Marantz has announced its flagship 13.2-channel AV preamplifier. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preamplifier was in 1934

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“Preamplifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preamplifier. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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