What will be the partnering amp and speakers?
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The CA-301 (only amp I could find a spec for) has a very high input impedance- making it easy to drive for the Metis- which is good because I have read that the Rogue has trouble driving some amps.
If this was pure coincidence you got lucky. However I also noticed that it needs 1.75v to hit its rated output power. This is a little high which indicates that you may need to turn it up to get things going if your speakers are lower in sensativity.
You are going to have to wait and see. I think you will be okay. Even if it is a little noisier than what you have today, it still could sound a lot better.
Owned the Metis. It is rather noisy for a tube preamp.... have the Cary SLP-05 now and it is much quieter in all aspects. The Metis is a good pre, it gave me a good taste of having a tube pre paired with a SS amp.... very nice combo I think.
Do not ditch the Metis just yet... what exactly is noisy? Do you think it could be a ground issue?
Fruff, i recently purch'd the metis on agon. I also have the Usher 6381's -- coincidence! the rest of my system consists of a Musical Fidelity a308cr cd player (wonderful and detailed) and Operetta SS amp (google Jaton Operetta. a relative newcomer to the game, this amp sounds almost tubey). The entire system is the best I've had. I've got tube warmth (I upgraded the stocks to GE GTA's - nice improvement in mid weight and less harsh).
I hear speaker hiss when I put my ear to the speaker, that's about it. It is a little noisier then other preamps I've had, but not noticeable from my listening position. Overall happy with it in this system. I recommend tube rolling and if you can, upgrading power cords and plugging into a decent power conditioner (i've got a PS Audio Quintet).
Just bought an used Rogue Metis (with GE 6SN7) from a nice gentleman in Canada; unit was relatively quiet IMO with my listening volume control up to approx. 12 O'clock. My other components as follow: power amp: McIntosh MC275, DAC/transport: EAD 7000 MkIII/1000T, speakers: Clements Little "d". The Rogue is my most recent addition, and definitely an improvement, replacing a rather nice N.E.W. (this USA manufacturer was purchased by Cary in the late 90's) model P-3 triode preamp.