Can't comment on the main point, but I had a DA-2B (and the matching transport) and do NOT recommend it.
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Hi Bobheinatz, does your "best of the line" statement include a comparison with the Premier 16LS2? I currently have the Premier 17LS and have been considering a move up to either of the two.
Hi Solst1ce, I haven't heard any of your preferred cj's, but if it means anything to you, of those three, cj is offering their proprietary capacitor upgrade to the Evolution 20 only.
I did not say best of the line but I feel best buy or best value. The 16LS2 is to my ears is a better preamp but at used prices I feel the CT6 is a better value. The CT 6 never got alot of press but quite a good preamp. I have listened to all the CJ preamps in the past 5 - 7 years and their house sound did change to a more neutral sound but one I like. The 17LS is also a very good preamp. YMMV.
I've owed three Premier 10s-they are very dimensional and smooth but not as tuby sounding as the Premier 3. If you are seeking holographic imaging and can forego slap-the-face taut bass you will be very happy. The highs are airy and realistic. It's one of my top five classic preamps.
Far exceeds the SP-11.
Thank you for your replies. The only downside with the Premier 10 is that it only has one pair of outputs. I know there is a similar topic about this but I thought I would ask anyway. If I have two active subwoofers that I can connect mono (one run to each), am I okay splitting the signal at the Premier 10 with y-adapters at each terminal, with one pair going to the amplifier, and each from the other pair going to the [powered] subwoofers? Will this result in a signal quality loss?
If anyone is still on this thread:
Solst1ce: Did you get a Premier 10? If so, what do you think of its sound? I am thinking of buying one.
Breuninger: With all your experience with the Premier 10, could you elaborate just a bit about their sound? Wondering how it might compare with Premier 14, or "Classic" preamp. I am not looking for neutrality, but I also don't want too dark.