Used Quicksilver Linestage at around $500-$550; hard to beat in that price range.
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Brand new, tubed, great peamp is the Malpetree Audio 2A SE Linestage: octal pin based; separate power supply; point-to-point wiring; 3 outputs, all customizable gain. I love mine. Extended, organic, palpable.
Get yourself a Accuphase C200....on Ebay for $500 and there's a guy in Reno that can mod it for 300. I have two of these one for my main and the other for my bedroom system. I guarantee it will be the best $800 preamp you ever heard.....possibly better than 5-6k preamps. When my tech upgraded it the output signal mirrored the test signal...not many preamps do that. the dynamics,transperency and soundstage are stunning.
You're getting lots of good suggestions here and I suspect all would work fine.
One last word on the Quicksilver gear. I'm not sure I'd let reliability discourage your purchase in this case. I've owned two pairs of amps, a linestage and a phono pre (the preamp, phono pre, and my present amps, Silver Monos, were all purchased used) and I've never had even a hiccup with any of them. YMMV. Good luck.
I've never heard a Krell preamp.
Your request doesn't state a price or a solid state or tubed preference.
FWIW, I'll through out my opinion. An Audio Mirror T-61 remote tubed line stage. I have the next model up that also includes a phono stage. There are some good comments on this forum regarding the T-61 model.
If you don't need more than two inputs, how about the Shanling PH3000 headphone amp? Tube-based but wide bandwidth (spec'd out to 100KHz), with two line inputs and a pair of line outputs, 2 Neutrik headphone jacks, and an ALPS pot, all for $399.
I'm sorely tempted by this piece myself.