I am currently using a Virtual Mode Straightline 3 pasive preamp. I have used it now for over three years. A Motif MC-7 and Conrad Johnson PV5 were previously used. The passive preamp is simply much better. I agree with the approach of passive preamps. What is "put in" is what is "put out". Obviously, many active preamps must be outstanding. Some have commented that passive preamps leave out micro detail. My experience has not found that to be true. Maybe you should audition a passive in your system.
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