Get his BAT.
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Thank you for the tip about the BAT 31SE. Did you ever hear one or own one to have an opinion about its performance. If so, can you provide a brief description of its overall sound quality. Top end smoothness and great musicality are two important priorities for me.
BTW, I bought a used almost mint BAT VK-200 amp. The deal was too good to turn down Thanks
I checked for BAT VK31SE pre-amp and could NOT find it on Audiogon and e-bay. BTW, the Copland was $1700, the BAT was approx. $1500. However, it was the PS Audio PCA-2 pre-amp (only) that was under $1000. I am not sure the seller ever relisted, or if he did and sold it.
I lost interest in it over the last two weeks because I would have to add a remote, phone stage or amp and headphone box. The BAT remote is ridiculously expensive at $500. Thanks, Jim
Jim, Yea, looking for a pre having the required XLR ins and outs, phonostage and headphone application really narrows the field. Now, finding one that compliments your new amp...Anyway, as I mentioned in your other thread use your Sphinx as a temporary pre fix allowing you the time needed to best position yourself on the used market. You might go either/or on the phono/headphone options. Personally I would prefer a separate phonostage. A used BAT pre would surly compliment your BAT amp.
As I believe I mentioned in another of your threads, I am using a Jolida Fusion pre. Has the requires XLRs however no phonostage or headphone amp. Really barebones with selector and volume only. Very flexible on the inputs and outputs however. A very budget all tube pre at $1350 retail that I believe competes above that price. Mates well with my BEL 1001 MK V which I believe to be the single best piece in my system. Like you in your amp purchase, I happened to come across a deal I did not want to turn down. My preamp choice was made under a budgetary constraint and was also purchased via a good deal.
As always, good luck in your search!