Can anyone here speak to how this preamp compares with the Aric Audio Unlimited II? I (tentatively) plan to use a new preamp with two different amps:
Dennis Had Inspire Firebottle, KT88SEP
...driving my Moabs
On occasion, I detect that my system lacks top-end sparkle. This is most conspicuous in the rendering of cymbals, which can seem incomplete in their form...
I hear great praise for the Aric pieces, but they start around $1350.
In the spirit of disclosure, I am running a budget preamp, the Schiit modius, so this may be a contributing factor according to some I've previously invited into this discussion. Reviews of the modius, as well as the stats for the modius, don't make it clear to me that this budget item is necessarily the problem.
I've been running the Moabs with the Inspire KT88 for months, without a pre, using its passive attenuation ability. It sounds amazing, but again, I do find that cymbals fall short some of the time.
So, is the Freya the answer? Is a new DAC the answer? Is the Aric piece the answer? Do I have to start buying and swapping and testing, to find out?