The Emotiva XSP-1 preamp gets rave reviews, has 30 day in-home trial, and 5 year warranty. $899....
The Rogue Audio Perseus has what you are looking for,except it has four inputs,I don't think you have much choice finding a preamp with a phono and one high level input.Manley makes the Stingray with that option but it goes for $8000.You can use a simple Y adapter on the output of any preamp to run a sub !
Guys..thanks for pitching in,really, but the 'little light bulb' just turned on !
Seeing that I really only listen to vinyl and always have (aside from a year or so way back in the mid 80`s).
It seems to me that I can use the Lightspeed and simply unplug the phono stage from it and plug in the CD player whenever I want to, no need then for another switch box/preamp in the system.
Does that sound reasonable ?
Two RCA inputs, two outputs, and that's it. I don't have any experience with their products, however, here it is.
If you google "passive preamp" some similar units can be found.
Scm hi, I manufacture the Lightspeed Attenuator, looking at your PS Audio phono stage there is no problem feeding into the Lightspeed,being solid state with gain switchability.
Also your Rogue Audio poweramp is high input impedance this is also a great match for the Lightspeed Attenuator.
I thank you Gents again for all the suggestions. I now have another different phono stage while I`m waiting for a used Rogue Ares to pop up. It`s the Jasmine..sounds pretty good to me.
Anyway..like anyone else I want the cleanest signal and George, the Lightspeed looks tempting. Any new versions on the drawing board with multiple in/outs by chance ?
Hi Scm, I've lost the countless times I have been asked this question. The Lightspeed Attenuator is all about no contacts in the signal path. And input switching goes against this in a big way.
I did once make one that I believe is the closest to no contacts in the siganl path using Mercury Wetted relays for the input switching, but as you can imagine these are not good for the environment or ROHS certified and will soon be outlawed.
As for new versions none as yet but I'm working on it, but a Mk III Lightspeed Attenuator when/if it comes out will be retro fitable to all MkII, there are no MkI left (except for clones) these were all converted to MkII years ago.