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carverlola
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preamp

It has been 20+ plus years since I have updated my stereo components so there was and still is so much to learn about todays components. After doing some research I purchased a Cambridge Audio CXA 61 integrated amp. I would like to add a preamp to it for the purpose of having a platform for a phono as well as giving me a bass, treble and balance control which the CXA 61 does not offer. Can anybody tell me if the NAD C 165BEE would be a good option for this purpose and would it be compatible with the CXA 61. Feel free to recommend any other preamps that you feel would be a good component for what I would like to do. Trying to keep cost around $1000. thank you

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The NAD 165BEE has very nice

The NAD 165BEE has very nice sound, but in my personal experience, all their gear I have owned has quality control issues after a bit (can't speak to their higher cost level products, however). If you go on some well regarded forums, you can find excellent gear in your stated price range. I have a couple SS preamps I like very much, then I finally went with a tubed preamp that made my solid state amps sing, so Ive long been a fan of buying better equipment used rather than average mass market stuff. Enjoy the search and check out some forums like Audiokarma, Audiogon, Head-fi and many others....Randy B.

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Oh, and watch out for eBay.

Oh, and watch out for eBay. Easy to get burned.

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