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Hi, I had the FPB 300 and think it's a good amp. Never heard it with electrostats, though. That being said, I think that you can find quite a few good preamps. Depends on your preference. Rowland Synergy is nice, as is the Levinson 38S/380 and a multitude of tube preamps. I've owned 12 preamps in the last 5 years, including many in your price range. Feel free to e-mail me privately. By the way, I don't have a Krell preamp to sell you.
i recommend a tube preamp, especially w/solid-state amp. if ya listen to cd, it will also make it much less fatigueing. personally, i really like my melos music director preamp (latest version of the ma-333). this can be had for way less than $5k, used.
re: speakers, i'd suggest trying newform research r645's or nhb645's check out the reviews on audioreview, & check out the www. i'm saving for these - i think they will be a steal at the price, even if purchased new. if not, there's a 30-day in-home trial, yure only out return-shipping if they're not for you...
I have a Krell FPB200 and am running it with a Sonic Frontiers Line 2 tube preamp, and it sounds great. The combination of solid state and tube is a good way to go. I know of a lot of other guys also running this combinatoion with good success. I have Dunlavy SCIV's, but I did listen to your set up ant a local dealer, and it sounded pretty good. Also, I am thinking of making the home theater jump (Meridian), so I might be selling my SF preamp.
I have M.L. Quest Zs with Krell amp & cd. I have had Sonic Frontiers Line 1,2,3 in my system with excellent results. All are listed on this site for less than 5K. I am now using the Line 3 & sold my Line 1 to a friend who has a pair of Sequels powered by a Krell amp. The Line 1 is excellent value for the dollar, the 2 has a bigger soundstage & the 3 has all the above plus bass to die for. Good luck in your decision.
I have Sony SACD to Morrison ELAD preamp to Kef Model 3-2's in dedicated 2 channel listening room with Bag End stereo bass support and after trying a dozen or more high end and ultra high end and you gotta be f...... Bill Gates high end preamps, both subjectively and by measurements, can say without peradventure or fear of contradiction, that the ELAD is as accurate as any preamp on the market(what goes in comes out) and is an absolute steal at <800 bucks US.
Perhaps this needs a new thread but:
I auditioned a KRC-3 with my system: Thiel 3.6s and KSA-150 amp. I liked the sound of it, soundstage, imaging etc. My brother thought it sounded too bright. When I talked to the dealer about this, he said it was most likely my source that was the problem. The KRC-3 is a neutral sounding preamp and will only transmit what it's receiving, he said. If there's brightness or errors in the source, the KRC-3 won't fix that. Anyone have experience with the KRC-3 and have opinions about it. Still on a quest for the right preamp for my system at the right price. Right now the Adcom GFP-750 is looking like the best bang for the buck.