$200.00 tops stay with what you got as for that money can't get an upgrade.
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Just trying to give you a "heads up" about your amp/preamp combination. Due to measurements of the preamp, Stereophile recommends an amp with at least a 47k ohm input impedance. The input impedance of the Parasound A23 is significantly lower at 33k ohm. As stated, bass response will be lean.
I have experienced this type of amp/preamp mismatch, and using the proper amp to mate with the tube preamp made much more than a slight difference.
"But am I defeating the purpose of the expensive pre by keeping halo?"
I understand why you would ask that question, and it certainly makes sense, but that type of thinking will hold you back. Its easy to go out and buy good components, and get good results. If you want a system that competes with some of the best sound availiable, then you need to build a systen, not buy good components. System matching is the most important skill you can have in audio. Not only will you get better sound, you'll spend a lot less money in the process. Instead of asking yourself if it makes sense to spend the extra money on an expensive preamp, ask yourself if the preamp has the qualities you think are important. Then you need to consider how it will match with the rest of your other components. Don't worry so much about how much it costs, because if you know what you're doing, you'll be able to find a solution.
Been meaning to update those that were kind enough to respond.
1 week with amp and it's working great. The impedance issue doesn't appear to be an issue and a great learning experience so thank u.
I actually had email dialog with Hovland designer. All is good. However..... I had to buy phono preamp. Figured Hovland would have covered phono but nope. Bought Primare Phono Preamp. So my lack of IQ cost me.
But the Hovland made my speakers disappear. Unreal difference.
Lost 3 pounds getting up and down to adjust volume. Can't believe I don't have a remote. Love this preamp.
Getting shorter speaker cable then I'm done
papostol just seeing this thread glad you love your new preamp so much. And glad you took the sage advice above to stick with your amp and give it a listen before deciding you need a new one. And all things considered a non remote volume control will sound better, plus the great exercise! Happy listening!