Review: Coincident Speaker Technology Statement Linestage Tube preamp

Category: Preamps

I have , based on my experience, always believed that in a system appropriately set up( high sensitivity amps, and speakers, short cable runs etc) a high quality passive preamp( discrete resistor pots, no selector switch ) sounds far purer and more transparent with virtually no compromise in terms of dynamics compared to the finest active line stages. Every time I compared a preamp to my passive, I heard the colorations immediately and simply could not live with them.

All this held true until I auditioned the just introduced Coincident Statement Line Stage. Two factors picqued my curiosity to even try it - 1. I openly admit my admiration for Coincident products, already being the proud owner of the Pure Reference speakers, Frankenstein amps and the cables and secondly the review that just appeared in Stereomojo where the reviewer not only declared it the best preamp he ever experienced but explicitly stated it beat the best passives he compared it to. I arranged with Israel Blume of Coincident to audition the line stage. Inspite of eveything I was still sceptical but after 2 minutes I was a convert. WOW! The Coincident transformed my system. While I was not previously aware of much missing, the line stage added so much more life to my set up it sounded as if my 8 watt set amps now were 80 watts. Bass , dynamics, punch all increased to a level that floored me. But what surprised me at least as much was that all these improvements did not come a a cost. Hard to believe, but the line stage sounded as natural and uncolored as the passive and almost as noise free.

I am addicted. I can't sop listening to my system. The advance in pure listening pleasure brought on by the Statement preamp is actually hard to describe it is so real. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Everything that Stereomojo reported is accurate and which I heartily agree. This thing is something else.

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You have a great Coincident Technology system. Each piece is probably the best available at anywhere near their price.
Thank you Allchemie,

What amazes me is how one company can produce the array of state of the art equipment like Coincident at the price point.Not inexpensive but legitimate bargains in high-end.
It comes down to Israel's pursuit of perfection and undeniable abilty.The result of which are no less than breathtaking.
Only companies with people who are passionate about music and how it is presented can achieve what Coincident has.

The Coincident Statement linestage was just awarded a Blue Note award from Enjoy The
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The Coincident Statement linestage is Stereomojo's preamplifier of the year for last year
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"While I was not previously aware of much missing, the line stage added so much more life to my set up it sounded as if my 8 watt set amps now were 80 watts" In reading many threads on preamps over the years, I never really thought that there was much of a difference in preamps and always felt that the source was much more important in my system. My opinion was changed when I first heard the TRL Dude preamp. Much bigger presentation, etc., then the smaller 6DJ8/6922 tube preamps that I had auditioned. A local tech here in New Jersey then lent me his 26 tube direct heated triode, transformer coupled preamp and that changed my mind on what a preamp means in a system. I wonder how the Coincident preamp sounds.

Happy Listening.
The Coincident Statement Linestage is an outstanding preamp, there`s no other way to put it. Stunning sound, dynamics,transparency and pure-natural tone, just wonderful.I`ve read many rave posts regarding the TRL Dude but I`ve not heard it.They`re very different designs, I hope you`re able to hear both of them soon.
Finally I the opprotunity to compare the very fine TRL Dude to the Coincdent Statement Linestage in my sytem this week. See my system page for impressions. Yes the CSL is astonishing!

Have you ever heard of the Dodd or compared your pre-amp to Arc Gear?

I ready your comments on the Dude, did you get to see the interal build quality of the dude preamp
I`ve not heard the Dodd, I`m very familiar with the ARC Reference models(they`re just ok to me). The internal built quality of the TRL Dude is very high level.I absolutely love my CSL,but between the TRL and ARC, the Dude with CAST capacitor option I`d prefer over the ARC Refernce linestage.

How does the CLS hold up against the Dude Pre-amp? in your views comparing the both on Build, Flexibility and Sound.

I noticed CLS has 2 volume control is this a pain to balance between the 2 channels?
Dragon vibe,
I covered this comparison in my system thread page(december 2011).Both are built to very high standards.The Dude with the now available CAST capacitor upgrade would sound wonderful I`m sure.
The two VC knobs are simple to use and precise, I like them.