Assistance needed with system component configuration


I need some help configuring my system components. I am soon to take delivery of new recording device, the second one in my system. The new recorder will be analog input/output only. The current digital recorder has a digital output, so I will not need to output an analog signal from the current recorder. My system is not minimalist. I have a combo home theater/2 channel system with a lot of gear in a double-wide rack with four shelves. I enjoy my audio toys, and I am not looking to remove any of them. I use an equalizer (with no tape loop) when recording, so that must remain in the recording chain. The problem is that I am outgrowing the jack pack on my preamp (McIntosh C220). With only one tape loop, I have a bit of a dilemma. So here are the four possible configurations I am considering. What I would appreciate is comments on which might be preferable from a signal purity and integrity standpoint. Assume that all cabling will be of equal and good quality and that I am not going spend more mobney to accomplish this (i.e., replace my preamp with a preamp that has two tape loops). TIA.

1. Preamp Tape Out > Equalizer input > Equalizer Output to a vintage, cheap Rat Shack input/output selector with two outputs > each of two recording device inputs > New recorder analog output to preamp tape input.

2. Preamp Tape Out > Equalizer input > Equalilzer output to two pairs of Y-cables, one pair for each recording device > New recorder analog output to preamp tape input.

3. Preamp Tape Out > Equalizer input > Equalizer output > input of a vintage mid-fi audio receiver with two tape loops(I have a couple laying around) > one set of tape outputs from the receiver to each recording device > New recorder analog output to preamp input.

4.  Preamp Tape Out > Equalizer input > Equalizer output > current recorder analog input > current recorder analog output > new recorder analog input > new recorder analog output > preamp tape input. (Note that this configuration would require the current recorder to be powered up when feeding a signal to the new recorder.  While the outputs are fixed line level, the input has a ganged level control that cannot be defeated.)
bondmanp
So, I have finally found a topic about which audiophiles have no opinions?  Wow!
Bondman - 

Although this appears to be discontinued, it appears to be exactly what you need so maybe try to track one down or something similar.  

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-ECYmi0Fxlgj/p_190TSB3/Niles-TSB-3-FG00080.html

Other options (although more complex) would be a recording mixer that has assignable I/O routing.

That said, of your options above:

1 - Could be OK, but can't imagine that the quality of the RS box is very good plus it only has a single output so night ideally suited.

2 - Aside from Y cables, this looks like a better solution than #1

3 - Nope - Wouldn't add any active device in the signal chain as it will effect the sound and has its own gain section.

4 - I like this option best, but not knowing your gear, I assume that there's no way to bypass the gain stage on TP1 before routing to TP2, so that will require fiddling for every recording session.

Personally, if it were me I would:

1- Try to track down a similar unit to the one that I linked to
2- Pursue a proper professional recording mixer/ console that would have assignable I/O's and loops for your EQ
3- Consider getting a different EQ (cheap) that has TP1/TP2 switching

Good luck with this one

Greg

Thanks, Greg.  I will try to find an old Niles box.  I forgot about those!