best tube preamp with bypass for HT

I have mc1 processor. looking for preamp with bypass.
All the Sonic Frontiers have this feature and are available at good discounts from dealers on this site. Others are Audio Research Ref. 2 and LS25, both of the VAC units, VTL, and the new Bell Canto among others
If you want the "Best" bypass there is only one choice, the VAC Standard preamp. When you switch it over to "Cinema" you completely bypass the preamp and the signal flows directly to the amp. The switching is so complete that you don't have to even have the preamp turned on!! I know this works because I have the VAC Standard preamp myself. That will save you tube life. It also has remote volume and mute.
my favorite preamp was the BAT VK5i until I tried the VAC. The VAC is a cross between the CJ Premeir Line & the BAT VKSE series. It has 95% of the midrange harmonics of the CJ and 95% of the transparency of the BATS, the bass is equal to the BAT (Low & tight). It also has a separate power supply which probably helps give it such low end control.
The ARC LS25 has a bypass (Processor Mode) for HT preamp applications.
Any other info on the new Bell Canto model?? Can't find it on their website.
Miked, just went to Bell Canto site. The pre-1 is listed under products. It has a "loop" input which is a bypass loop. You can download a complete user manual from their site.
The Audio Research LS 16 also has a bypass and can be found used for around $2100
The BAT VK-3i has what they refer to as a "Unity Gain" circuit, which sets the volume at 0db gain, thus passing the signal thru at line level. I've been using mine for a little over a month, and although it seems a shame to burn the tubes for home theater use, is worthwhile for having the joys associated with a very musical preamp. Just my $0.02.
thanks for replys.i like the idea of leaving preamp off in ht and remote volume.
I purchased the PSE HLS-1 Preamp a month ago and a I am very happy with its performance. It has a bypass for HT, a contour control for bass and treble, and a remote control. I would suggest that you give it a listen. Good Luck.