You may want to email UnderwoodWally and see if he would let you home demo some Anthem stuff. You can go to member lookup to get his email link. He's a very honest guy and is a dealer for SF.
Yes, well, if you dont have too much invested in the Pre2L, maybe. I havent heard the Pre1. There was a review in Stereophile of the Pre1L with a comparison to the Pre1. I believe the reviewer said they were very close, with the Pre1L slightly quieter and cleaner. Basically, if you wanted phono, the Pre1 would be the choice. The Pre2L is supposed to be 3db quieter than the Pre1L, someting you probably wouldnt notice. I have the Pre2L, but almost never use the remote, and feel I would have been better off with the Pre1L.
Doesnt the Pre1 have more tubes to replace and a separate power transformer (ie 2 boxes)?
You guys have told me what i originally thought, that the things are very simaler. i really need a phono stage so it looks like the pre1 is the unit for me. I would use underwood wally, but honestly dont think i can hear a difference. I am going to buy used, i cant afford anything decent new.
Thanks guys - Evan