It's one of the most neutral and uncolored components I've heard and owned. Certainly the most neutral preamp I've heard. I haven't had a passive pre in my system so not sure how it compares dynamically (or sonically), but it's been as good in that area as any other SS preamp I've heard. Can't think of a better recommendation offhand unless you can find a used Placette active preamp, but not sure how often they come up for sale or what they go for. Best of luck.
6 responses Add your response
Soix, I thank you for your input,have you ever heard BP26(I may consider if I can find used one)although preamps with separeted power supply unit absolutely have less noise and more effortless presentation
because of second chassis vibration addition and the effect of the line cord they mostly tend to sound much rigid,compressed ,less air and texture,anyway what is your opinion comparing BP6 and BP26
Sorry I can't comment on the BP6, but....
I owned the BP26 for several years. I chose it over a Pass Labs X1 based on a level matched sighted comparison. The BP26 is, like all Bryston gear, designed to be very transparent. I found the Pass Labs X1 to have more of what I expect a tube preamp to sound like than the BP26. I was using Bryston 7B SST amps at the time and I thought the BP26 was a better match.
If I was looking for an active solid state preamp today, the Benchmark DAC1 HDR would be at the top of my list. See the Stereophile review of the DAC1 Pre for details.
BTW, the buddy of mine that bought the Pass Labs X1 from me might be interested in selling it. Let me know if you have any interest and I'll contact him.