I am looking to audition a few tube preamps to replace my Ayre K5-XE mp. This week if all goes well I will audition an ARC LS27 - I'll only be able to keep it for 2-3 days before I have to return it to the dealer. The LS27 lists for about $7500. What other tubed preamplifiers would be in the same league in terms of performance and price? Is there a better value out there? I do like the fact that the LS27 is made in the USA.
My amplifiers are CA-M300 Classe monoblocks. My music tast run from prog rock to jazz to classical.