What preamp are you using?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by DaleClark, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Bexley, Ohio
    Lots of choices Out there. Just curious what everybody here is using. Currently, im running a Peachtree Nova pre with my new Nuforce STA200 amp. I'd like to upgrade my pre eventually to an all analog, keep for life, with remote preamp. The Nuforce is a go between amp ( however, i love it so much, im in no hurry to replace it). Probably SS, but could be convinced to go tube pre if easy to maintain.
     
  2. Standingstones

    Standingstones Forum Resident

    Location:
    South Central PA
    I use the McIntosh C52 SS preamp.
     
  3. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Forum Resident

    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    Yamaha C4
     
  4. Threshold

    Threshold Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester NH
    Currently a CJ ET3 SE.
     
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  5. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident

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    Eagle, Idaho
    PS Audio BHK Signature.
     
  6. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern US
    Parasound CA 2fiddy.
     
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  7. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
  8. Jelloalien

    Jelloalien Stylus Genie

    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Parks Audio Budgie
     
  9. chili555

    chili555 Forum Resident

    Audible Illusions Modulus 3B
     
  10. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example

    I own three right now but I use two: a Manley Neo-Classic 300B RC which has pretty much been relegated to service as a truly awesome headphone amp ( which was actually the original intent behind it, I believe ) and the one that pushed it out of the actual preamp spot in my system, a Sphinx Labs Project 9 which is just a wonderful SS unit. The third one I own is a Sumo Athena, also solid state.

    D.D.
     
  11. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Bexley, Ohio
    The Rogue RP-1 looks like a nice preamp
     
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  12. John Woo

    John Woo Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Singapore
    a Chinese tube preamp from AliExpress, US170 including shipping. opened up unit and
    saw a 2 x 2 inch PCB linked to a mini toroidal transformer and nothing else. swapped the 3 x 12A7s with PS Vanes
    that cost 3/4 the price of the preamp with no regrets. sounds good that my Conrad Johnson PV11 is now on long
    term loan to a friend

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  13. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

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    Austin, Texas
    Used to have a a Yamaha C4 and loved it. Now I use what ever Rogue stuck inside my Sphinx. Love it, too. I don't muss the tone controls.
     
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  14. dmleman

    dmleman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Surrey,BC,Canada
    Blue Circle 3000

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  15. Puma Cat

    Puma Cat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    East Bay, CA
    Conrad-Johnson CT-5 (photo by yours truly)

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  16. Puma Cat

    Puma Cat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    East Bay, CA
    Excellent choice...
     
  17. xmas111

    xmas111 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Plymouth MA
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    Parasound P5

    Really enjoying it. :agree:
     
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  18. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    The onboard preamp on my Quad 9as speakers for TV. The preamp on the Cambridge Audio 752BD (when going by the line-in input on the Quads) for movies and music at all other times.
     
  19. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Bexley, Ohio
    Love the tone controls
     
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  20. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Tisbury passive mini
     
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  21. Wes_in_va

    Wes_in_va Trying to live up to my dog’s expectations

    Location:
    Southwest VA
    Me too. I started out trying the passive route with a Schiit Sys and loved it. The Tisbury is a nice upgrade.
    I feed it with a Sutherland Ph3d and it's the best setup I've heard in my system.

    Edit: I should add that in my other system I go in the opposite direction with a Sansui AU717 integrated and enjoy copious use of tone controls as needed.
     
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  22. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

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    Scottish Borders
    The old Sansui gear is a thing of wonder. I've had a 717 and a 217 in the past. The latter deserved to be heralded more IMO. And a fantastic used by even now. Lovely tone to it.
     
  23. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sweden
    Audio Research LS17
     
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  24. DrZhivago

    DrZhivago Hedonist

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    Adelaide Australia
    Very recent acqusition.

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  25. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Bexley, Ohio
    The Freya is on my list as well. I've read its a much higher performer than the price would leave you to believe
     

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