Are you looking for a 2 channel preamp with a HT passthrough or a HT preamp?
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MC 126. Seemed to have a very difficult time driving the Snells when I get drunk and turn up the volumeAnd Captain Kirk said, Scotty, we need more power!
Heres a couple of links that may help,
Do you listen to music in 2 channel or 5 channel?
Those 4 ohm Snells need good power. A Marantz processor, maybe the 7701. For an amp, Outlaw Audio 7200, and you'd have over a grand left over. Might want to get a dealer to install and set up the Marantz and have the 7200 on hand for him, these processors are getting pretty complicated like computers anymore.
How about McCormack??? DNA 250 and RLD-2? They would have to be top choices in your price range. Superb sounding gear that is upgradable thru SMcAudio. At regular pricing, the McCormack gear would leave you some $$ to spend on some nice cables like the Tara Labs higher-end offerings. Or you could spend the $ on an upgrade to the new amp thru SMcAudio? Just my 2 cents...good luck.
You guys have never heard an amplifier that has a larger influence on bettering the sound quality of your system?? I use a McCormack TLC-1 Deluxe in passive mode and a McCormack DNA-1 with SMcAudio Gold upgrades with Tara Labs Air 1 running into Hales Revelation Three. I can tell you for certain that an amplifier plays a huge role in overall sound quality. I also agree with Bo1972's post regarding the three dimensional capabilities of the other amps mentioned.