I really enjoy Sonic Frontiers hybrids.
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The Audible Illusions 3A smokes anything else near it for anywhere under $3K. But don't waste your $$ on the AI Model 3 -it's a totally different pre, and is not worth $800. Get the 3A, you won't regret it!
For a lot less $$, the Eastern Electric MiniMax is a phenomenal performer as well.
Fiddler, I have heard a Chenin (sp?) model, but not in my system - it was indeed wonderful, very musical, but I didn't hear the presentation of detail I get with the 3A.
Truthfully, after Quicksilver, AES, Bottlehead, ARC, and Musical Fidelity pre auditions, the only pre that has ever sounded significantly better than the 3A in my system was the Hovland 100, but I do not have that kinda long green at this point!