A smart alternative if there is one ?

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2bigears

A smart alternative if there is one ?
« on: 21 Apr 2017, 03:00 am »
 :D.  Hi all AC gals and guys.  So this is the question of the day. And it's a good one I really need to know.
            Is there a preamp built that Compares to the VAC Ren Sig MK2 .  I'm looking to re-set to hi fi.
           I had a MK 1 and thought I would down size.  Bad mistake. I'm a dumb ass I know.
         This pre had a killer phono and all in all a great piece. I'm pretty sure something out there
        is in the same ballpark.  You can buy one of these used for 5 or 6 grand. It's money well spent.
       But they are hard to find I'm thinking and looking for options. Any help THANKS.  :D

I.Greyhound Fan

Re: A smart alternative if there is one ?
« Reply #1 on: 21 Apr 2017, 04:07 am »
I would look for a BAT VK 52se or a VK-33se.  Both excellent preamps.  You can get a 51se and a 32se for under $4K.  I own a 51se.  Here is a great review on it from Stereophile in 2003, calling it one of the worlds best preamps.

http://www.stereophile.com/tubepreamps/1103bat/index.html#x5fOVv1fzkhR1Ki6.97


2bigears

Re: A smart alternative if there is one ?
« Reply #2 on: 21 Apr 2017, 09:13 pm »
 :D  looking to buy a good amp and pre.  BAT is good stuff for sure.   :D 
         

stlrman

Re: A smart alternative if there is one ?
« Reply #3 on: 22 Apr 2017, 01:57 am »
What speakers are you running now?

2bigears

Re: A smart alternative if there is one ?
« Reply #4 on: 22 Apr 2017, 02:41 am »
 :D.  Mini T's .....   :D.     That VAC pre with its phono was kick ass.    I gotta say. 
            Can anything touch that unit ,,   Really ?    :D

2bigears

Re: A smart alternative if there is one ?
« Reply #5 on: 22 Apr 2017, 05:28 pm »
 :D.  Happy Earth Day !   
            Must be that nobody knows this preamp.