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dbdog's picture
Last seen: 6 years 3 months ago
Joined: Aug 3 2011 - 12:57pm
Is a warm & detailed solid state preamp possible for under $2500 used?

Ok, I'm almost there with all but a preamp to bring it together. I use my system all day every day so tubes are likely gonna burn out fast. I have:

Thiel 3.6 speakers

Bryston 4B-SST amp

Bryston BDA-1 DAC

Rega P3 w/ RB300 and Dynavector 10x5

and... what preamp??????

My room is hairly hard so bightness needs to be minimized. I also favor a warmer sound in general.

I have on hand a Bryston BP25 (very bright and fatiguing) and a McIntosh C15 (better but a not super transperent and detailed). 

I'm considering:

Classe, Simaudio, Krell, Pass, Mark Levinson, Parasound, Placette. 

Any suggestions as to which models to look at? What am I missing?

Many thanks for reading.



jackfish's picture
Last seen: 4 years 1 month ago
Joined: Dec 19 2005 - 2:42pm
What am I missing?

Acoustical room treatments.

tom collins
tom collins's picture
Last seen: 5 years 2 months ago
Joined: Apr 3 2007 - 11:54am

consider a Doge 8.  uses small common tubes with very long life.  built like a tank, sounds great, around $1500 with stock tubes, buy a set of really good tubes and keep the originals for spares.  check out the review on salvatore's high end audio page.  i have one, can't be happier.

good luck.



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