I owned the Joule LA150 MKii and used it with a set of 107 DB efficient Avantgarde horns. It was very quiet and an excellent preamp. You can't go wrong with the Joule preamplifiers.
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Own the Joule 150 Signature Edition and is very quiet with my 89db speakers. Another option would be to consider the excellent Bent Tap-X AVC if you need multiple inputs or the Lightspeed Attenuator (the best preamp in my system)for a single source setup, of course you must used shielded ICs for your environment. The Joule is quiet, but passives even more so.
I tried a Music First classic, all silver. In my system it sounded thin, dry and bad. Not sure why, MF thought it was the silver, my friend who brought it over said it sounded great in all 4 systems he has had it in. I'm also trying to have less boxes and less cords, Etc. That's why the all in one approach. Open to other ideas. BTW, my cabling is Synergistic which has proven to be great in my room.
I have Joule-Electra preamp and I am immensely happy with its performance. The best I ever owned or auditioned. Its much more silent then my previous transistor preamp, Capri by Jeff Rowland. My speakers are 92 dB.
I agree with Pubul57 that only passive unit can compete with J-E in that regard (but not in PERFORMANCE!!!!).