Help with choosing preamplifier with my setup

Hey guys I have a pair of Polk Audio RTI A7s running a Yamaha PC2002M power amplifier. I am at the next stage of getting a preamp but I have a few models that I’m really interested could you guys give me some advice if you have used these preamps before or come across them and would they go well with my speakers and power amp. I am finally getting rid of the denon receiver and looking to a preamp. I have included the specs of each model I am interested in the reason why I have made this list is because they are all within my price range. I just want to know which would be the best suited and perform really well with the equipment I have.cheers


  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,903
    Of those choices, the PS Audio, followed by the Denon. What's your budget ? Check your local Craigslist or FB marketplace.
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    Sony 4k BRP
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    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
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    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
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  • daokidaoki Posts: 27
    Hey Tony about 1k max. Preferably around the $800 mark but 1k is max for me
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,936
    You'll get better recommendations from folks here if you stay your purpose for this system. Music, HT, both? If music, what do you listen to?
  • halohalo Posts: 4,988
    edited November 2018
    daoki wrote: »
    Hey Tony about 1k max. Preferably around the $800 mark but 1k is max for me

    The Cary Audio CPA-1 I have for sale in the flea market might be just what you’re looking for.
  • daokidaoki Posts: 27
    Hey yeah mainly listening to music. Bear in mind I’m from Australia guys and I’m aussuming most of you guys are from the U.S audio equipment is so much cheaper in the states compared to here in Australia and even if I can get it at a reasonable price in the states by the time I put logistics costs and import tax it’s well above the resonable price mark. I’ll give you guys a quick price quote of those preamps I mentioned and could you guys tell me if there too much ?

    AKAI PRA06 - $350 AUD



    YAMAHA CX2 preamp - $300 AUD

    what should I do guys ?

  • If you can get your hands on a Parasound P5. It’s a very versatile pre, built in DAC and HT bypass.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,369
    Is this the PS Audio?

    If so, while that sounds like the best deal, it also sounds like it might be too detailed and analytical for the RTis. If the denon is warmer that might be a better idea. If you can audition with your own speakers that would be best.
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