Do you ever listen to music? (Don't worry, I'm looking in the mirror as I ask!).
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Gosh, Subie, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a feature to feature comparison of preamps? I mean, there must be 20-30 different decent models, some with a variety of trims. So, I wrote down my wish list, hoping that someone could give me a hand! Advice of strangers is always interesting, right?
Gosh, seems like everyone loves that Suptratek. If it only wasnt something like a 5 month waiting period and such high demand that you have to buy one new.
Gosh, I sometimes feel like buying new gear is like buying a PC. Its worth $2500 now, but tomorrow, it'll be worth 30% of that.
I have to find something available in the used market. Anyone else got some suggestions.
Other suggestions? Although I have not heard it, the new Audio Reseach SP-16 looks to be a very good tube preamp. It costs right at $2K (line stage) or $2.5K (w/phono)new. It was recently reviewed on one of the audio sites and recieved much acclaim. Since there are quite a few AR dealers around I would think an audition should be relatively easy.
I think this will meet most of your requirements, but probably not all.
Good luck getting a response from Supratek. I've e-mailed three times over a two month period - no response. Not a good sign or maybe he's just too busy now to take on any new orders.
Also, according to a recent buyer I just spoke w/ (through e-mail) remote control is no longer available. Seems it didn't work too well. I love the look of this piece, love the press it's getting but this one man operation may not the be best place to put our hard earned money at this time. I'm sure he's doing the best he can but maybe needs to hire someone to assist and charge more for the units. This does appear to be the product of the year, though, at least according to owners.
Anyway, don't forget to check out the BAT, C-J, Joule, and VAC stuff.
I'm not able to quote the model numbers for both Joule and VAC pre-amps but I've heard samples of both aboout 2-4 yrs ago. very nice and musical sounding. The Joule was the better looking of the two, can't say I enjoyed either more than the other. The Joule had a remote, the VAC model did not. I've seen versions of their pre-amps on Audiogon on a semi-regular basis.