What preamp are you using?

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

  1. DaleClark

    DaleClark Well-Known Member 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 Well-Known Member

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

    Gibsonian Active Member

    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

    Location:
    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 Specialistâ„¢

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
  8. Jelloalien

    Jelloalien Active Member

    Location:
    KW, Ontario
    Parks Audio Budgie
     
  9. chili555

    chili555 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member 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 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    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 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member 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 Well-Known Member

    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

    Location:
    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 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    Audio Research LS17
     
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  24. DrZhivago

    DrZhivago Forum Resident

    Location:
    Adelaide Australia
    Very recent acqusition.

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  25. DaleClark

    DaleClark Well-Known Member 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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