Your Deccaware Tori has
If you use a passive/tvc type pre, then your source should be able to have over 2v output and have less than 1kohm output impedance.
Suggest a passive pre that has the option of active tube or solid state switchability with some gain. The Schiit Freya is right up your alley. This way you can have three different ways of driving the Tori.
Thanks George and Stringreen. I have a Schiit headphone amp that is mediocre at best and for some reason that has turned me off a bit on the Schiit line in general. I know that is unfair and I am probably missing out on some of their better products but that is how my brain works. I think they have a trial period though so I might as well give it a shot.
Stringreen I want to stick to tubes. I had a SS preamp (maybe not as good as the Ayre) and it degraded the sound, excellent MC phono stage though. I have heard from numerous Torii owners that they had a really hard time finding a pre that did not take anything away from the Torii until they spent big money on very nice reference preamps and even some of those did not suffice. The Torii has a very pure, beautiful sound and I guess I want to try and pull everything possible from it.
Of the 2 choices you listed I like the Cary SLP-05.I’d give consideration to a used Shindo preamplifier such as the Monbrison or Masseto. What is your budget range?
I use the Coincident Statement Line Stage which I adore but it’s has
Only 2 inpus.
No remote control.
Comprises 2 chassis and weighs 70 lbs. So not for everyone but it offers superb sound quality IMO.
I can understand your desire for a high quality tube preamp, you have many good options available new and used.
I have friend with a Torii and he (reluctantly) stretched his budget and settled on a Coincident Statement Line Stage, mostly for its high voltage gain, according to him. He was also very anal about getting something that matched the sound of his Torii... and I must say his system is one of the best I've ever heard, anywhere. He has one of the larger Zu speakers, not sure exactly which model.