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This may sound crazy but an absolute killer is the Proceed AVP2. One is currently listed now well within your price range. Not only is the a fully balanced analog preamplifier but it also has an EXTREMELY nice sounding DAC and can do some other things as well like digital crossover. It shares a lot of its guts with the Levinson 40.
If an audio dealer knows serious about purchasing,I'm sure
that they would let you do a home audition(that's what I do)
when I'm out on the hunt.
Why spent 2-5000 and up on a pc.and when it's at home,in your room,your speakers ect.and find it's not even close to what it was in the store.
Even on here,we can all suggest this and that,but we don't have your room or speakers ect,or most importantly,we don't have YOUR EARS.
I'd go window shopping,it pays off for you and the dealer,
especially if they want a sale and you'll be alot happier for it in the long run.
Audition an Audio Research LS-17. Although these are rare, used you may find one if you can extend your budget just a little. It is a different world and provides a great glimpse into the stratesphere costs of their Reference Series. If you are looking for a preamp that embodies its own sound look elsewhwere. I have owned many of the ones in previous notes here and this is a real keeper. Talk about dead silent background and dynamics that are very special. All it has is input selector, volume and mute but in reality that's all that is needed. No bells or whhistles on this model. It does have a remote and balanced outputs that IMO are both requirements. Good Luck in your search.