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Bill B
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Vincent preamp, yeah?

about to pull the trigger on a Vincent SA-31MK preamp.  Any alternative choices? (must have 2 sets of outputs so I can use subwoofer in 2.1 system).  Prefer at least 5 inputs, and I kinda like the option of bass & treble controls.  

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Jolida Fusion

tube preamp for $1,300 is sure to please. Five inputs (Three RCA, one is XLR and another is 1/8" mini-jack) and two variable RCA outputs, one fixed RCA output and an XLR output. Why muck up the works with unneeded tone controls? The Underwood HiFi/Parts ConneXion Level 1 modified unit is even better for $1,750. If you can spring it the Level 2 mods will get you $2,200 preamp which performs like one which costs $5,000.

http://www.needledoctor.com/Jolida-Fusion-3000-Preamp?sc=2&category=24849

http://www.underwoodhifi.com/search/label/Jolida%20Modifications

Bill B
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Dang

Dang that looks good too.  All tubes, hmm...

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Oh snap!

Well I got the Vincent SA-31MK preamp, and I'm very pleased.  It sounds great, more expansive and spacious, more detailed, and more gutsy.  

I wasn't unhappy with my Adcom GFP-710 and I would still recommend it.  But after steeling myself to pay the price for an upgrade, well, it's worth it.  Phew.

I am "burning it in" by keeping it on all the time for now.  But it sounded great right out of the box.

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