I used a Proceed PRE about 5 or 6 years ago. Since then I have had a VAC Standard (tube) and a McIntosh C42 (SS). Both of these preamps so outclassed the PRE it isn't funny. The PRE presented a very harsh metallic high end, mids weren't too lush. Had good bass response though. The VAC had a very lush tube sound, but bass was soft, rolling off a little too quick. The C42 is an amazing SS preamp. It has many of the qualities of a good tube preamp, but with tight bass and sweet extended highs. I would definitely look for a C42. You could probably get a used one for around $2000.
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