Best pre-amp with a C-J Premier 11a Amp
Hey Ron, g’day mate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn_CPrCS8gs
Your CJ 11a poweramp only needs 0.9v!!! in for full output, all sources can give this and some >2v.
So you only need a preamp with unity (nil) or very little gain, so the volume control will be 12 o’clock or more for decent level and not down near 8 o’clock.
And because the CJ 11a is 100kohm input impedance, it lends itself also very nicely to unity gain passive preamps.
For passives, make sure they are series/shunt variety at 10kohm or 20kohm input seeing you have a 100kohm power amp input
For active I suggest you look at the Schiit Freya which gives you all preamps in one (passive, active tube, active solid state) all with little or no gain. So you can pick your flavour of sound, switch between the three while playing.
It thas xrl and se inputs and outputs, and has the best mechanical volume controls there is, a 128 position relay switched with remote control, with 15day trial period for $699
Schiit also has a very low priced passive preamp call the Sys, 10kohm series shunt perfect match with your CJ 11a, it’s not state of the art passive like the Freya has, but very good still for $49 and with 15 day trial. Get both!!!!! so you can send both or one back.