Sounds a lot like what we are working on !
Sounds fantastic. I’d only be interested in having a DAC built into the preamp (or integrated) if it was replaceable/upgradable. DAC technology moves quite quickly. A great preamp lasts decades.
Maybe seeing my parents’ all-in-one receivers of yesteryear has me jaded. The built-in 8-track and awful turntable have zero usability, whereas the amplification still works. I was looking into the original Naim Uniti when I bought my B60. Aside from sound quality (both are fantastic IMO), the only I could think of was my father’s Fisher receiver that made its way to my bedroom.
Sources, especially digital formats, come and go. Amplification stays consistent. If I can easily replace the digital section of a preamp, I’ll consider buying it. If not, I don’t want it in there. I don’t want obsolete inputs on a piece that I’m planning on keeping for quite some time.
I’ve always looked at amplification as the anchor of the system. Speakers change depending on the room, sources become obsolete. Good, clean amplification stays. The one piece that’s always been a constant in my system since I bought is my B60. Zero desire and need to change it. Maybe one day when I’ve got a ton of disposable income and I’ve run out of stuff to buy, I’ll get something else. But I’ll cross that imaginary bridge when I get to it.
Just out of curiosity...
The B60/2BLP seems like it’s the longest-running thing in your lineup without an upgrade/update. The B60 was last updated with SST. Any plans on updating it? I’m not in the market for an update; more of a curiosity question than anything else. Even if I did decide to buy an upgraded one, my B60 SST would certainly find a place in my home or passed down to my daughters anyway; it’s way too good to let go of.