WOW...such a response! Maybe I should narrow the field a bit more. Does anyone anywhere know anything about the Belles 20A pre amp and is willing to comment on it?
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I have a Belles 20A preamp. Though I have had it for only a few weeks, it is probably one of the best sounding preamps I have heard, or owned (and I have owned over 11 preamps!)
It is NOT mated with a Belles amp, but rather a pair of tubed monoblocks. There is no "tubey" sound, and it is a delight in the area of soundstage and it has a "holographic" sound that only tubes can do. I have not changed the stock tubes, as I find the stock tubes to be fine. This is one of the few preamps I have heard in this price range that gives me the sense of depth in the soundstage, not just width or height.
I listened to a Rogue 66 in both versions, and I prefered the Belles. This is truly a very nice preamp. You could do worse, but I don't think you can do better...