My friend runs Maggie 1.6s with an Emotiva XPA-2 amp. For a preamp he's uses a Doge 8 Clarity recently acquired from Pacific Valve. He swapped the tubes to vintage NOS. This preamp needs good NOS tubes to sound its best. He paid about $2k, not including the NOS tubes. This is an impressive preamp for the money. Quality built using excellent components. Has a very nice phono stage too and includes a remote. Check it out. I think you'd be hard pressed to do better for the money.
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