I sort of figured this wasn't a popular model preamp as there's so little information. But it is intriguing.
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I don't quite understand, how you can be down to about 4 preamps, hence you (seem) to know little about it. I presume you have read the sales-blur?
I have had the Accuphase E550, regret having sold it. This integrated is somewhat a C2400 plus A30, and it sounded just splendid in a cool unassuming way.
And thats where I try and answer your question:
There are some really good second hand units to be found:
BOW the Warlock
both these units have a slight dark background, but are very transparent.
Berning the new ZOTL preamp I have it, love it, phenomenal phono stage!!! (Very comparable to the Accuphase, but somehow seemed more charakteristic, fast?)
Audiopax M5 Great but you might end up changing your settings more often than you'd want. Again, this could stand up to the Accuphase when properly set up!
Am afraid, that was not very useful?!
To sum up my question regarding the Accuphase, I was curious to know what signature, or, what might set this preamp apart from others as it seems to me (a guess), that it might be either very nuetral and accurate because from what I remember about Accuphase products in general, that's what they are, accurate. Or it may possess a specific signature to them or to the specific model I asked about.
I can't roll preamps. My last pre was a Cary SLP-05. It was great but I found myself spending a lot of time rolling tubes. I had a lot more time to do just that. Now I have a 10 month old and would rather "play" with Jr than to roll tubes. I spent a fortune on NOS tubes. Don't wish to repeat that either. (Yikes does that add to the cost). That being said I understand how tubes can really add to the "music" experience and I'm really passionate about the music. So a tube preamp isn't out of the possibility as long as I can easily dial it in and with some models, this appears to be the case.
Any insight is useful.