Used SF Line1 with HT bypass and remote control.
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could you be more specific....tube or solid state...remote/non remote.
i would agree the comments on the bat 3vki except....the unit used 6-6922 tubes( if my memory serves me correct) and there is a shortage of premium 6922/7308's.
imo, i would try to avoid any preamp that requires more than 2 of them. the retube would be a major expense
hope that helps,
Your Bat VK pre's are good. For cheep, with the right tubes, Audio Research's are workable as well (usually a slight bit bass bump I've found). Passives are transparant enough, yet lack dynamics a bit(not a problem from a "pass through" standpoint for an HT pre/pro). In that case, used Pass Aleph L, McCormack TLC, similar.
IF you can find a used Cary 50(retailed for $1200) w/o remote, that is stellar sounding as well!
I think you might not go wrong with the BAT as suggested above however.
Alot of excellent choices. I am leaning toward solid state simply because I am a newbie in the pre amp arena and the maintenance of tubes (and the interchangeability as well as customizeability) seems a bit daunting.
I will only be using it for CD and HT bypass. So no need for phono etc. I do not use balanced connectors either. Nice and simple rca's.
With this information in mind, what are my choices?
Thanks again for the aid of the 'Gon crew.