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I would say a used Vinnie Rossi or Shindo. Allnic can have a more classic sound depending on the unit design and tube type but otherwise a neutral presentation.I am a strong proponent of used gear because the transformers age well.
+1 on the dehavilland or this, if you can stretch your budget a bit. https://www.aricaudio.com/products.php?product=SP6SN7LNE
I love my YS-Audio Audio Experience Balanced A2 preamplifier. It matches very well with my class D monoblocks. Chui Yat Sang is a good guy and makes some darned nice equipment: http://www.ys-audio.com/ys-audio_eng.htmMartin
I would buy a used linear tube audio mz3 - it's really fantastic!
Hi, flavo.If you were anywhere near to me, I'd happily drive over to your home with my D Sachs Model 2 preamp. It's not the latest version, but it does have Jupiter caps and remote. It's no slouch. Hell, it's fantastic! I've taken it to a couple audio get togethers in the States, to Captainhemo's home, and to a couple get togethers in Taiwan. [My wife is Taiwanese, and we often spend time in Taiwan.] Typical reactions/comments are "This is a $5k to $6k preamp." or "This is every bit as good as an Audio Research preamp."This past winter I bought a Taiwanese made 6922 preamp for my system there that I had hoped would be as good as my Model 2. I got a really good deal on it. It's good, but it's simply not in the same class. I'm very definitely a D Sachs fanboy, so keep that in mind. Good luck with your search, and remember to have fun!Michael
Do your self a big favor and check out the tube preamps that Frank van Alstine makes. And their price is right !!!
I have owned this same line stage for over 8 years now. Shockingly good for the $$.
I know they have gotten rave reviews. But that design is a nonal/noval tube design. It says it can be altered to use octals but I don't know enough to feel comfortable with that purchase.Why do you recommend it?Thanks!
Me three! I have the A2 Gold version and it definitely is one of my favorite preamps ever. I want to get the matching phono stage too. He has some far more expensive designs available as well.So, gents, what tubes are you running in your A2? I have a pair of JJ ECC802S gold pin in the inner most positions, NOS RCA 12AU7 from Andy at VTS in the middle positions, and a pair of NOS Amperex 7119 in the outer most positions.And you?
I have a pair of JJ ECC802S gold pin in the inner most positions, NOS RCA 12AU7 from Andy at VTS in the middle positions.
I think I'm using some NOS RCA Black Plates and Mullards.
....Chui Yat Sang now has the A3 posted to the website and it uses all 6922 tubes. A completely different animal. Would like to hear it but I have no plans to "upgrade".
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