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I would have to second the suggestion to buy the Rogue 99 Magnum preamp and it should be understood that this preamp is not difficult to match up to most any solid state power amp.
The Dared SL 2000 is another good recommendation but keep in mind its physical size is much smaller than the standard width but it is truly a remarkable performer as well! Also I like its powerful radio frequency controlled remote. You can adjust its volume from most anywhere in the house.
Lots of choices in the range of $2000. I went through the preamp upgrade process a few times in the last couple of years, from anthem to audiomirror and finally settled at Modwright. I picked up a lightly used SWLP9.0se for $2150. If you decide later on (bound to happen) to introduce vinyl into your rig, you cant go wrong and this model has the outboard power supply which is a major overall upgrade. This is probably my last preamp, its a killer.
Built like a tank and Dan Wright treats used buyers like new buyers, he's a total class act who's in it for the long run. If you want the straight line stage you can go from $1000 to $1500 or a little more for the upgraded models in the used market. Incredible buy.
PS Audio makes a PCA-2 with the HCPS, it is in the same
league as Rowlands best!
Quality power cords, interconnects, and you are in
Clean, quiet, NUETRAL, Dynamic pre-amp combination.
Available as low as $1200! This is a TRUE $3k Pre amp
I have tried many pre-amps, but this is something
very special from PS Audio.
INMHO, You need to spend in excess of $10k to really
appreciate a real improvement is sound.
It is THAT GOOD! When mated with the right amp. and the
Best cables are used.
I LOVE MY MUSIC!