Sony TA-P9000ES, used.
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Both good suggestions.
The Linar looks like the closest thing.
I have heard the Sony and it is a fine processor for the money.
I'm really interested in a unit that has no internal processing though.
I think that the advent of 6.1 and 7.1 (and the possibility of more-numbers-point-one with the hi-def formats) have thrown a wrench into the minimalist surround hardware business.
Copland makes a 6-channel all-analog tubed preamp, model CVA 306http://www.divertech.com/coplandcva306.html, that retails for $2800. C-j's new one, also tubed, the MET1, retails for $7500, and Harry Pearson in 'The Absolute Sound' just gave it a rave preview.
I sure like the sound of my Audio Refinements Pre 5, in which I've upgraded the coupling and PS caps, but I sure have the hots for that c-j!
TAS issue 160, March, 2006, HP's Workshop, part II, Equipment Notes, page 106. I quote partially: "...it brings something to my Super Maggie/Meitner system that had been missing. ... With the MET1 in the system, the flesh of the sound, the overtones that enrich the harmonic structure of music, fills out." Previously he talked about the Meitner doing well at presenting the bones of the music without much flesh on them. You need to read it yourself to hope to understand Harry's analogy.
I'm saving my pennies...750,000, that is. Shouldn't take more than, say, 10 years. :-)
But I still really like the sound of my Audio Refinements Pre 5; you should look for one used.
I went through this about a year ago - in fact you'll see my exact same post somewhere in the archives. I listened to the Audio Refinement, the McCormack, and the Bel Canto. The AR is great if you only have under a grand to spend, but I found it had some annoying qualities (upper-mids I think) that were hard to take, and not nearly as transparent as the other two. The Bel Canto I found to be by far the best - soundwise and flexibility. Read up on the technology in it and R&D involved. It's a preamp I'd be happy to have with only 2 channels. But again, you did not mention price... these are currently a steal used though.