Try a Schiit Freya + as it has far more flexibility than any Rogue or really any other preamp (no phono input, but at the price Schiit sells 'em for that can be forgiven), and it's a bargain. Too inexpensive for the snob driven area of the audiophile market, but so what.
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Good morning to you 3 folks who responded to my inquiry. Thanks for your input. I have taken note of your comments.
To "3-easy-payments": After college and paying some of my way by building DYNACO kits, I bought a Cary SLA-70B amp together with the SLP-94L Pre-Amp about 25 years ago. . I was looking for smooth, warm sound, with a tight bass response which was achieved for many years. The SLP-94L is now dead and I want to replace it with something similar to what I had. Right now I have the Cary Amp SLA-70B connected to an "old" pre-amp PAT-5 from Dynaco that works quite well, but is OLD and does not have the warmth and silky sound I am accustomed to.
Money is not an issue here. Notwithstanding, I don't want to pay for a "Lexus" if I don't have to, but don't want to get a "Hyundai" simply because it is inexpensive. I'm looking to pair the new pre-amp with my existing SLA-70B. The Rogue Audio RP-1 looks real good also. Opinions please!
jburidan: By "recap" you mean replace the capacitors and filters? It's not expensive, but is it worth it? Like this pre-amp is 25 years old. I can get a brand new pre-amp like the Rogue Audio RP-1 for +/-$1800 which is very similar to the old Dynaco PAT5 and has same specs as my Cary SLP-94L and it would be all new. Cary claims they can send me the replacements parts valued total around $250.00 + shipping. Is it worth it? Please let me hear from you so I can make a better judgement call.
When you said your preamp is dying, I assumed you meant the caps and resistors are aged. You can get it sounding as good as new or better than new by recapping. Another alternative is this preamp designed and hand-made by Dennis Had himself: