Looking for a new preamp

So you rotten enabling basteges are making me think I need to look into upgrading my old B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro with a dedicated 2 ch. pre. Not sure if I want to go solid state or tube. What I do want is balanced outputs (and preferably inputs) and a remote. Also not over 10 years old as I don't want something that needs rebuilt. Hoping what I find will be my end game pre as I'm not looking for unobtainium. Let's say budget is in the $800 range.

Thoughts on brands/models?
Home System:
SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
Denon DVD 2900

Barn system:
SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
Carver C-1 pre
Carver M1.5t
BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,291
    A 10 year old end game pre for $800???? I've never seen or heard of such a thing but I wish you good luck.
    With St. Patty's day approaching perhaps finding a bouquet of 4 leaf clovers first might help :)
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,565
    The end game part killed me! 😂
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,246
    There is a Parasound P5 for sale in the FM for 7 Benjamins.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; Cables ZU Mission IC's, SC and power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All speakers have had crossover rebuilds, resulting in a small fortune invested in Sonicaps, and tweeter upgrades.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb then dumber.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,551
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

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    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

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    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    Yep....perfect.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,213
    In that price range, your not going to get everything you want. The P-5 for sale in the FM is about the best your going to do to match what you want. I wouldn't call it an end game piece though.

    If your looking for just better sound than what the B&k offers, on the cheap, there's a MF 3cr pre for 600 on US Audiomart.

    BTW, what speakers are you running ? I ask because of your request for balanced connections. Usually the higher sensitive speakers require balanced connections because the noise floor in your system is more easily heard.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,432
    Although the Parasound is a great deal, I am not sure it is much of an improvement in analog sound quality over the Reference 50. Seems like a lateral move with more up to date features including some that may not be needed. I had a Reference 50 and it was pretty good for two channel itself. It was an expensive and well designed piece of gear when it first came out.

    I would recommend a bare bones tube preamp for something truly different. Trouble with that is balanced connections usually come with a bigger price tag and getting a good set of tubes can cost a significant amount too.
    1. Polk LSiM707, 704C, 703; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A23 amp; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Sonic Frontiers Line 3 Preamp; Classe Model 25 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Oppo 105D; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio Power Director; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Parasound JC2BP and A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; MIT S3 cables
  • Mr_HzMr_Hz Posts: 173
    Not listed anywhere, but I have a new/'never used' Parasound Halo JC-2 BP in black. Long story why I never used it. Fantastic solid state 2ch pre. But I'd be looking to get in the ~2500 range. PM me if interested.
    2.3TL's - Living Room
    CRS+'s (4.1 TL's) - Office
    SDA1C's - Famdamly Rm
    SDA1C's - Master Bedroom
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,246
    edited March 11
    ^^long way from $800.00. But this would be end game for someone.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; Cables ZU Mission IC's, SC and power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All speakers have had crossover rebuilds, resulting in a small fortune invested in Sonicaps, and tweeter upgrades.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb then dumber.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,075
    PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamp $1,100 if you can stretch the budget.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    Thanks guys. Sounds like I just need to save up some more coin.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • verbverb Posts: 7,324
    edited March 11
    At about the $1000 range you can go tubes. I did on the VTL 2.5 and also the EAR 834L. To me, the improvement was stunning.

    Although not balanced connections.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,034
    I have a Cary CPA-1 in your price range that fits all of your criteria with the exception of "end game". That's a tough one to get at the price point you suggested. It does not have your preferred balanced inputs but it does have balanced outputs.

    Someone else has dibs on it but if it falls through, it can be yours if you want it. FWIW.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,122
    edited March 11
    audioluvr wrote: »
    So you rotten enabling basteges are making me think I need to look into upgrading my old B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro with a dedicated 2 ch. pre. Not sure if I want to go solid state or tube. What I do want is balanced outputs (and preferably inputs) and a remote. Also not over 10 years old as I don't want something that needs rebuilt. Hoping what I find will be my end game pre as I'm not looking for unobtainium. Let's say budget is in the $800 range.

    Thoughts on brands/models?
    Save your coin for a while and look for a Pass Labs X2.5...... Endgame for 1800 or so...

    https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649504579-pass-labs-x25/

    According to his ad, he seems eager to deal on it.. I would offer 1250 on it and see how eager he is. Pass Labs service is exceptional, so I would have it sent there first before coming to you and have them give it a look before it comes to you. When they ship it to you, you will think you bought a brand new one.

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superioraudio/equipment/0905/passlabsalephx25.htm
    Post edited by nooshinjohn on
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

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  • tlainharttlainhart Posts: 65
    Don't know about "end game", but I recently purchased a Schiit Freya that I'm happy with. Balanced ins/outs, tube, JFET or passive.

    https://www.schiit.com/products/freya
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    Eastern Electric Minimax preamp, if you can find one with the Tom Tutay mods, would be a great choice in that price range. Many people think you'd have to spend upwards of $3-4K to do better.
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    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    edited March 11
    My end game expectations are probably different than some of yours...

    Good ideas so far! Thanks everyone!
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 559
    edited March 11
    Aric Audio Unlimited tube pre? Pretty much bare bones and only RCA but custom hand made in the US. He lists the model with a phono pre for more on his website but has been listing a linestage one for $800 on Ebay (Not currently though).

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aric-Audio-Unlimited-Stereo-Tube-Line-Preamp-phono-stage-not-INCLUDED-/153363421375?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true

  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    So looks like I'm leaning towards the Cary line of pre's.
    treitz3 wrote: »
    I have a Cary CPA-1 in your price range that fits all of your criteria with the exception of "end game". That's a tough one to get at the price point you suggested. It does not have your preferred balanced inputs but it does have balanced outputs.

    Someone else has dibs on it but if it falls through, it can be yours if you want it. FWIW.

    Tom

    Tom, Thanks for the offer! It would be a good step up for me I believe. Hifiengine says it does have both XLR inputs and outputs. You sure?

    I was also looking at the Cary SL-100's if I chose to stay with solid state. Not 100% sure I want to go SS or tube yet. Just seems tubes require a lot of tweaking to get the sound you like and I'm not a big tinkerer. I just like to sit down with a drink and enjoy the music.

    Ultimately I want to replace my B&K pre with something I can enjoy for the next 15-20 years. I have reached out to @acmf74 who has a Cary SLP-03 for sale.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,213
    Tweeking with tubes is easy, as opposed to having to buy/sell SS gear you don't like the sound of. I see that as a benefit, not a fault.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,671
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Eastern Electric Minimax preamp, if you can find one with the Tom Tutay mods, would be a great choice in that price range. Many people think you'd have to spend upwards of $3-4K to do better.[/quote}

    I can second the Eastern Electric MiniMax suggestion. I bought one a few weeks ago from a PF member and absolutely love it (the one I have does not have the mods which dragon1952 mentioned). It is a great pre and a great value at its price point and would be within your budget. Plus it is a great way for a tube newbie (as I still am) to get into tubes as the MiniMax only has 3 (very accessible) tubes. You have to be patient looking for one though as they do not routinely come up for sale.
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,671
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Eastern Electric Minimax preamp, if you can find one with the Tom Tutay mods, would be a great choice in that price range. Many people think you'd have to spend upwards of $3-4K to do better.

    I can second the Eastern Electric MiniMax suggestion. I bought one a few weeks ago from a PF member and absolutely love it (the one I have does not have the mods which dragon1952 mentioned). It is a great pre and a great value at its price point and would be within your budget. Plus it is a great way for a tube newbie (as I still am) to get into tubes as the MiniMax only has 3 (very accessible) tubes. You have to be patient looking for one though as they do not routinely come up for sale.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    edited March 12
    tonyb wrote: »
    Tweeking with tubes is easy, as opposed to having to buy/sell SS gear you don't like the sound of. I see that as a benefit, not a fault.

    Good point.

    The EEM's don't have XLR or remote. Since I've already invested heavily (to me) in this for what I have I wanted to stick with that. Also no remote no go. I'm lazy...

    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • verbverb Posts: 7,324
    audioluvr wrote: »
    So looks like I'm leaning towards the Cary line of pre's.
    treitz3 wrote: »
    I have a Cary CPA-1 in your price range that fits all of your criteria with the exception of "end game". That's a tough one to get at the price point you suggested. It does not have your preferred balanced inputs but it does have balanced outputs.

    Someone else has dibs on it but if it falls through, it can be yours if you want it. FWIW.

    Tom

    Tom, Thanks for the offer! It would be a good step up for me I believe. Hifiengine says it does have both XLR inputs and outputs. You sure?

    I was also looking at the Cary SL-100's if I chose to stay with solid state. Not 100% sure I want to go SS or tube yet. Just seems tubes require a lot of tweaking to get the sound you like and I'm not a big tinkerer. I just like to sit down with a drink and enjoy the music.

    Ultimately I want to replace my B&K pre with something I can enjoy for the next 15-20 years. I have reached out to @acmf74 who has a Cary SLP-03 for sale.

    TOOBS dude! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,108
    Tubes add soul!

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • MagnaryderMagnaryder Posts: 16
    Schiit Freya tubed, it’s new great service and <$700. Seems to fit the bill.

    ray
    Ray Campbell
    Bucyrus, Ohio
    Carver Research Lightstar.....words fail me
  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 1,116
    tlainhart wrote: »
    Don't know about "end game", but I recently purchased a Schiit Freya that I'm happy with. Balanced ins/outs, tube, JFET or passive.

    https://www.schiit.com/products/freya

    Yep... fills your bill and easily resold if you hate it. I've got the Saga and it's very impressive.
    Aaron
    Enabler Extraordinaire
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,108
    Schitt is getting real!
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,551
    Where do you sell Schitt ?
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,298
    In the long run, would I be better off with Schitt or Cary?
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
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