I was a friend of some small depth on Facebook and a BIG fan of his VXR amp....countless hours of musical enyoyment.
Peace and grace for his family and a lasting legacy of greatness is my prayer...
@ramtubes, oh yeah Roger, now I remember Dick Olsher's review of the RM-9 Mk.2. I found Olsher to be a reviewer from the Gordon Holt school (a school I approve of ;-), and he loved the amp. I believe his closing line was something like "Who needs an MC75 (the classic Mac amp) when we have the RM-9 Mk.2?"
I also remember The RM-5 and the Audible Illusions Modulus 2 were considered THE bargain tube pre-amps to choose between. I found the AI Mod's 30dB of line stage gain unfortunate and ill-advised, as well as it's dual-mono volume controls. The Modulus is still in production (in updated form, of course), so Roger, any thoughts of offering a contemporary RM-5 type pre?
This is kind of an obtuse question, but why do some amplifier manufactures say to use a preamp between their amplifiers and the streamer when you are only using a streamer and power amp, no vinyl and no other sources. I understand the need for a volume control and to have the impedance's low for the streamer/DAC and high for the power amp. My streamer/Dac is <100 ohms and the power amp is 47K. There is an implication that the preamp does other things that affect the SQ. Any idea what those are? An Allegri+ addresses the impedance problem and give a volume control and is extraordinarily transparent on my Ribbon Speakers. My amp and steamer is very high end. Is there more?