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In your post you state that you're limiting your choices to what's available locally, and apparently you've already listed those choices.
Since I don't have experience combining any of those preamps with the JC-1s, I don't have any comments about them in this context.
Are you open to other suggestions? Not knowing what's available to you locally is a limiting factor, and maybe that's why you haven't gotten more responses.
Thanks for the info. I have chatted with Kevin and Gilbert about my options including the PLS. I really think that BC is the way to go, but I would first like to hear what the others can do since they are immediately available. Unfortunately, this may take a while since one of my JC1's is out of commission. Argh!
FWIW, I use a BC-3000 MKII GZPZ between an Ensemble Dirondo CDT > Audio Note 4.1x Sig DAC and Atma-Sphere M60 MKII.3s > Talon Firebirds in a fully balanced system. In an imperfect world, I feel absolutely no desire to change components. The BC preamp is utterly musical, dead quiet and a great fit with my other gear. Gilbert is passionate and driven about his designs, and his wheels seemingly never stop spinning when it comes to evolving his products toward better sound.
Just my 2 cents...
Thanks for the info Jb.
I have also been very impressed with the BC equipment that I have heard - and that I own. I also like how his equipment is upgradeable - the Despina could be upgraded to a Galatea and even to your pre-amp (if I won the lottery!). I am just more comfortable having heard some things first before I put my money down. I really don't like the idea of selling things on the 'Gon. Trust me - another part of me is saying "Buy the Despina and be done with it!"