SUMO Athena II preamp


Silver Member
Username: Jingka99

Post Number: 220
Registered: Aug-06
Hi, I've been trying to find info on this preamp, anybody owned this or had any experience with preamp? How would you describe this preamp?

Thank you.

New member
Username: Ahdionut

Redlands, CA USA

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jul-07
I don't know about the Athena II, but I do have the Athena and like the preamp a lot. very smooth and somewhat tube like. I don't find a lot of coloration in this amp. I use it for my controller for phono and SACD player. It is susceptable to hum from the phono stage if your not very careful about close proximity electrial cables and other input feeds. You can get a review of the Athena from 'Audio' in August
'96 from here:

You can go here for some general info on SAE, GAS and Sumo gear here:

See some backgroundsee a quick comment regarding this pre-amp here

New member
Username: Ahdionut

Redlands, CA USA

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jul-07
ooops... wrong year for the review. It was '89

Gold Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 8141
Registered: Dec-04
Great info Jeff.

Bronze Member
Username: Arien

Post Number: 11
Registered: Jul-07
Thanks Jeff, same here, I find the Athena II very transparent and neutral, the one I have don't have the phono module so I'm not experiencing any hum at all, the athena is currently doing exceptional job together with the Krell power amp, the sound is very detailed, dynamic especially if I switch to direct mode on the preamp...I love the synergy of the krell and the athena, the best I've ever heard so far...I'm now pondering on the bryston BP-25, i have no idea how it will compare with the athena...and how it will match up with the krell...

New member
Username: Marinadelmar

Post Number: 1
Registered: Nov-07
Would anyone know where I can get a manual for the Athena II? We have one but lost our manual.

Thank you!!

New member
Username: Smudgepots


Post Number: 1
Registered: Nov-10
It's a great preamp/phono stage. I had a Tim Paravincini Ear 834P but when I borrowed a SUMO it sounded even better! I found a perfect one on bay for £150 and sold my Ear 834P for £600! Better sound and some money for a nice Moving Coil when my Audio-Technica wears
out or needs retipping.

Silver Member
Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 523
Registered: Oct-10
Marina, check the manufacturer's website. Many companies have them online to download or print for free. You don't even have to prove you own their product.
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