Why not consider the BAT 51SE? Great synergy with your 75SE.
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i've seen (and written some of the) many comments about synergy between Supratek & MacCormack amps--don't know much about the BAT. The McCormack comments range through the line and include much modified (SMC Audio) units.
If the BAT is in the same sound space, this comment may help... (and the Chenin is a beautiful piece of kit)
Owner of 75SE, I use SF Line 3 SE with great success. ARC Ref 2 MK II might give you a little more bass and dynamic, but SF Line 3 SE will rival everything else. Superb detail, soundstage width and depth, inner harmonic and imaging capability are all world class.
Looking at your system, I will put equal priority on upgrading your speakers (VS VR-4 jr) as upgrading the pre amp.
I've been considering. Can you make a few comments regarding it's sonic character?Musical. Deep bass. Great imaging. It's a chameleon with tubes. Running all Siemens 6922 and 12AU7, it will sound substantially different than running all Mullard 6922 and 12AU7, and there is considerable variation in sonics possible by mixing and matching tubes af various manufacturers and tube types. You can mold it to suit your taste...much like the Supratek products. There is simply no right answer to describing it's sonic character except to say the circuitry has no sonic character unto itself.
Of course it does not have a phono, but you also don't have to wait six months or longer to take delivery. :)
The Cary is $7,500.00 and it rocks! I disagree with TVAD. I used to work for a Lamm dealer, I never liked the preamps, the amps were very good, the preamps clean but bland, and the Lamm stuff is very expensive for what you get. To each his own, check out the postive feedback review of the Cary. It was a rave, rave, rave!
Well, since nobody came forward with the impressions of BAT-75SE and Supratek combo, I decided to be the first one to try it, so I placed an order on Chenin preamp.
Mick's response to my question was:" I never met an amp that haven't been a good match with Supratek", or something along those lines.
I can understand your position on balanced preamp/amp. combination.
Supratek does offer an option of balanced outs on Chenin.
I don't think it employs balanced design though, but Mick's position on balanced connections is quite different, he doesn't seem to think it has any significant advantage over single ended.
P.S. I certainly shared your impression of Lamm's room at 2006 HE.