Pre Amp

I'm not in any hurry, but I'd eventually like to finish the new 2-channel setup by adding a nicer pre-amplifier. I'm currently using an old Denon AVR with pre outs and a phono stage as the pre.

The remainder of the setup is a B&K 125.2 and Polk LSi9s or Monitor 5JR+ (haven't decided which will stay yet). It will be used primarily as a vinyl rig with a Rega RP1 TT.

I'm hoping to find a nice tubed or hybrid pre-amp. I prefer a more neutral to warm sound and really like the B&K sound. Hoping someone might have a nice tube pre that would compliment it well and that they are willing to part with.

Budget is under a grand, but ideally closer to 500 or 600.

Thanks in advance.

-Al

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,091
    Schiit Saga also worth a look if you want to spend less. The relay stepped volume attenuation is really nice. It has a neutral sound though, no tube influence that I've been able to detect with a NOS Sylvania installed in the single 6sn7 "buffer"
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 773
    Except the saga isn’t really a tube preamp. It has a tube, that doesn’t make it a tubed preamp.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,091
    Yeah, that's why I disclosed that there isn't any tube influence.
    stangman67 wrote: »
    Except the saga isn’t really a tube preamp. It has a tube, that doesn’t make it a tubed preamp.

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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,210
    Tony referenced this one in another thread, but I don't know much about the brand. additionally, the fact that it is not local makes things a bit more difficult...
    tonyb wrote: »

  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,210
    Since it will be used with a TT, something with a decent Phono stage would be nice, but I understand that may be a lot to ask for within my budget.

    Keep the ideas coming.

    Or... if someone's looking to change things up and have something you're willing to pass along, let me know!
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,210
    Still looking! Surely someone's got something they've been meaning to part with... :)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,091
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/YS-Audio-SYMPHONIES-PLUS-R-Remote-Tube-Preamplifier/190905561201

    I was looking at this one for a while.

    Dayens Ampino Preamp also in this price range.
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,953
    Clipdat wrote: »
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/YS-Audio-SYMPHONIES-PLUS-R-Remote-Tube-Preamplifier/190905561201

    I was looking at this one for a while.

    Dayens Ampino Preamp also in this price range.

    this is a good company.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,091
    You told me about that YS-Audio pre and I haven't stopped wanting it since you have. haha. Just don't have a spare $800 sitting around.
    marvda1 wrote: »
    this is a good company.

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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,210
    marvda1 wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/YS-Audio-SYMPHONIES-PLUS-R-Remote-Tube-Preamplifier/190905561201

    I was looking at this one for a while.

    Dayens Ampino Preamp also in this price range.

    this is a good company.

    The YS-Audio Symphonies has certainly piqued my interest! Looks like a well built and based on the reviews, a great sounding pre.

    I'll keep this one in mind as I continue to take suggestions and see what's out there.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,917
    The YS seems like a bargain, good company too. I think any time you can snag a high caliber tubed pre under a grand, it's a bargain. There's one on Ebay with a remote for 720.
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