I'd like to replace my Mark Levinson 380 and next week I'm going to listen to the Soulution: I've never had this chance. But what about the Takumi? Have you ever experienced one of those ? What do you think ?
I've heard a few Soulution based systems several times at audio shows and can't claim to know the sound of the 725 specifically, just a general feel of the brand's "house sound".
From all I've read or heard about, the Robert Kodak Takumi is a very special wonderful sounding preamplifier. My gut feeling pushes me strongly in the direction of the Robert Kodak. I hope that you find the opportunity to hear both.
I "suspect" that Koda is much more musical then Soulution. @David this is very important to me, since I'm more Musicphile than Audiophile. I listen jazz, pop and classic music. My Mark Levinson 380 is quite analytical and I will try to understand if Soulution is even more analytical (the risk is musicality loss).
Another concern is which is the best fitting solution into my todays HIFI chain: Benz Micro MC, SME V (arm), Michell and VIDA phono preamp for analogic; Auralic aries 2.1 (streamer), esoteric p03 (CD) and esoteric d03 (DAC).
Laudspeakers are the glorious Acoustat X. I know that the new preamp will push me to more changes, especially on the analog side ....
That Robert Koda gear is super droolworthy I would love to hear it someday. You have a fun choice ahead of you @renatocomesI hope you have a chance to audition both at that price level it should be a given.
I agree with @jond, if at all a possibility try to listen to them prior to purchase (I know, easier said than done, especially the Robert Koda). Given your additional comments I feel even more sure the Koda Takumi is your better choice.
Thomas Mayer products are custom order projects and heirloom quality (With cost commensurate). He can extract great sound from any tube and certainly from a DHT tube. My line stage uses a DHT (101D) and it sounds exquisite.
Given your described tastes and music preferences the Robert Kodak Takumi 10 and the Thomas Mayer choices would leave you ecstatic with musical joy! I am not dismissive of the Soulution but in my opinion it moves in different sonic direction entirely. Best wishes in your endeavor.
They sound almost polar opposite from each other. The 725 is much more analytical sounding will the Robert Koda is more romantic sounding. There are both very good preamplifiers but the Aries Cerat Incito S and Aries Cerat Impera 2 preamp are another level in every regard with much better voltage output which helps control your amplifiers better. In my opinion there are levels when it comes to audio and the highest level of electronics we have heard, as a company, and individually is Aries Cerat.
It's been said before but at a level like this it's all about individual preference and taste. No dog in this group. As a tube guy I'd love to hear the sonic character and presentation differences between Aries Cerat and Thomas Mayer head to head.