You can get a used Aesthetix Calypso in your price range. Line only. No Phono
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As we all know that unless you have a very large budget putting together a music system that meets your tastes and expectations involves optimizing the synergies of components. That being said, I find that the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE with Stage II mods is an excellent preamp which I found to be more neutral and revealing than preamps costing 3X the list price of this unit. It is essentially a buffered passive linestage using a naked Vishay resistor ladder with a very high quality JFET buffer. It has an opamp which kicks in above the zero gain setting and in my opinion produces a small degradation in sound quality. If your amp has 26dB gain and your speakers have a reasonable sensitivity, i.e. 85dB or greater, than IMHO you would have a difficult time doing better for less - particularly if you buy one on the used market. Good luck in your quest.