Im new here,I am looking at the Manley Shrimp tube Pre amp, Its about all i can afford at the moment and i definately want a tube pre amp, i listened to it on a demo here at home and so far, im very pleased, Im using B&W Nautilus 804 s and a B&K 7250 Series 2 amp,Is this considered a descent little tube pre amp for music and of course as an entry level pre amp for the money, or is there something a bit better as far as a tube pre amp ? Im definately going with a tube pre no question tho, Any info will be greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance
Hybrids, mo better. Checkout some modern electronics Hybrids www.avahifi.com Ultra SL or EC Pre Amp. More sound, less money. All tube is all tube Hybrids are teh best of the both worlds. Try it, you'll like it. Guitar amps are all tubes to give teh overdriven distortion to create the music. A pre amp in hi fi should not be creating it's own sound. Hybrids use Mosfets and tubes, each to it's own best use. Why would you want something called a shrimp, is that how it makes teh music sound, limited, constrained, small. Nothing MANLEY about something that's a shrimp
Manley makes great stuff, all of which possess deliciously silly names. Their pro-sound equipment is just as distinctive.
The Shrimp is a great little preamp. There isn't anything not to like.
Also take a look at the PrimaLuna products. They are also very nice.
Thanks for the reply, its greatly appreciated for sure, I was just checking out the Primaluna Pro3 Pre amp, have you ever listened to one or even maybe compared it to the manley by any chance, ?? the folks at Upscale Audio seem to be very fond of them aswell, Unfortunately no local dealer has one for me to demo, I would seriously consider one but i would like to know a bit of first hand experience by someone who actually knows his audio,(such as yourself),
Thanks again, Mildot
I haven't compared the two. The Manley equipment tends toward a clean, well-balanced sound in my experience, perhaps because they also make pro studio goodies as well.
Kevin Deal at Upscale Audio has been great in the years that I have worked with him. He is no nonsense, fair and honest. He also has a great ear. Don't hesitate to ask him what he thinks you might like. Be prepared to tell him what is important to you - for example, accurate timbre, bass slam, extended highs, etc. All systems are a compromise and knowing what you like best helps both you and a good dealer determine what will make you the most happy. All that matter is that you extract maximum musical goodness from your recordings in a way that pleases you.
Perhaps you will want to arrange to have them both in your home at the same time and keep the one you like best.