These look nice:
Thanks for the response guys. I am currently using two IOTAVX PA3’s in mono block for amplification and the SA3 as my preamp. I have Klipsch RP-8000m speakers and a MoFi studio deck with an ifi zen phono amp. I feel like the SA3 preamp and DAC section is the weakest link right now. I was planning on getting a topping DAC first and then upgrading the preamp. I like the topping pre90 but was hoping for something more full size chassis wise.
The Parasound P5 was a very popular "budget" pre-amp, full of features that many/most pre-amps do not offer, especially at the price. If you are looking for a lot of features, like DAC, bass management, phono pre-amp, balance control, etc., it might be a good choice. However, in my experience (yes, I owned one), the sound quality is decidedly mid-fi. It just didn't have the type of hi-fi sound quality I desired. I did not need the added features, so out it went.
If I were looking for a budget pre-amp today, I would certainly consider the Schiit or Topping, especially if they had a solid return policy. Otherwise, I would probably look for a more vintage used unit.
I decided to go a slightly different direction and buy an Audiolab 6000A Play to replace my current integrated. I will also test it in Amp Bypass Mode with my two small amps and compare to the sound of its lower power built in amp. After buying the 6000CDT, I really fell for the Audiolab build quality, look and sound.