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Whenever this question comes up I recommend this preamp. It utilizes interchangeable circuit boards that allows you to change tube types of most of the major preamp tube families. 6sn7, 6dj8/6922, 5687, 12au7, 12b4, 6h30, etc. The circuit boards are also available in different configurations also, cathode follower, SRPP, etc. that effects the sound and varies gain. You can also use it with no feedback, or add global feedback, and/or depending on the board, local feedback. As you change speakers or other components in your system, you can retune things by changing tube type in the preamp. And of course you can still tube roll within each family of tubes. Amazing versatility, and great sound. The builder can endlessly update it or upgrade it as you like. You're no longer stuck with just one family of tubes. Good luck.http://www.musicaldesign.com/MC_Cham.htmlThere are many more interchangeable board options than what currently shows on the webpage. He hasn't updated it.
Hi folks - my first post here on the Tube-o-phile circle... First off....I have absolutely zero experience handling, listening, or choosing tube amplification - and I am looking for some help or advice. I have a 300 wpc SS amp - and 4-5 sets of floor standers I swap in and out (Thiel, ATC, Bryston, etc). I have a good DAC and streamer and listen to all digital files (i know...sorry!). My electronics are all solid state. I would like to purchase a tube pre-amp for under $3000 - probably on the used market. My musical inclinations are mostly acoustic (Bluegrass, Jazz, Dylan) - but often sway to Allman Brothers, SRV, Grateful Dead, etc. I've been looking online at some Audio Research stuff - but really don't have a clue what they will sound like! And i live in a fairly remote area and not able to listen in person. I need some help! Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.Cheers, TJ
You could give this a try for $700. I have one and think it sounds fine. If you don’t like it I’m sure you could sell it. American made with easily found tubes. http://www.schiit.com/products/freya
Or better yet, ( if you don't like it) ship it back to Schitt within the 14 day audition period. I have the Saga and I kept it. I'm not sure you could do any better than either at their respective price points.
Be aware of some issues reported on some of the Schiit products (Saga preamp) as discussed on this ASR thread:https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/schiit-saga-grounding-and-hum-issues.4737/
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