McIntosh C2200 Tube Preamp with Krell?

I have a decent combination Home Theater / Audio system, but have never had a dedicated preamp within it. The Krell HTS 7.1 has served as both my HT processor and preamp. Anyway, I'm strongly considering adding a preamp and thought a Tube preamp may be a good combination with my Krell. Below are my associated components - any help you can offer would be great. My three key questions are:

1. Would adding a preamp for audio be a significant upgrade over the Krell HTS 7.1?

2. Would a Tube preamp be a good match within my system?

3. If I go Tube - which one? I've been considering the McIntosh C2200, Sonic Frontiers Line 3, Conrad and Johnson 17S - Are there others I should consider?

Thanks for the Help in advance!

Krell HTS 7.1 - HT Processor
Krell 300cx FPB - 2 channel amp
Krell KAV 250(3) - 3 channel amp
Wadia 850 - CD
Shunyata Hydra - PC
Richard Gray 400S - PC
B&W Nautilus -HTM1 Center Speaker
B&W Nautilus -802 - Main Speakers
B&W Nautilus -805 - Rear Speakers
Cardas Golden Cross - Cables / Interconnects

Showing 1 response by ljgj

First of all the Mac 6200 is an integrated amp so why would a 2200 be hooked to it unless only the amp part was used? Maybe you are thinking of the 602 amp. The 2200 is the new version tube preamp and not to be mistaken with the original 22 or the reissue of that - if you do not need remote control the original 22 would be a great way to go - if you go to the comments on the 2200 are not real good. The CJ would probably give you a great match with your gear and give you a totally different sound than your current system - better I would say but you know how that goes.