the m8 with your system
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I own the Bryston BP26 and I have done a level matched comparison to a Pass Labs X1. From that experiment, I beleive the BP26 is a reference preamp. I use Bryston 7B SST amps, so I was happy to replace the X1 with the BP26.
Since you use a Plinius amp, I would likely lean towards the Plinius preamp. Though I don't think you'd be unhappy with the BP26.
Thanks for all responses. I will keep the Bryston BP-26 high in my shortlist although I'm using a Plinius amp. The Plinius M8 may be synergistic with my amp but I am not disregarding other high-quality units.
I also noted that the Threshold T2 is a very good unit as I have a friend who owns a T2 upgraded by Jon Soderberg and also a T3. He is not willing to part with both his two Thresholds despite my persistent bugging.
Yeah, the T2 is one of the best SS preamps I've heard period, and I've heard quite a few. However, I tend to prefer tube preamps and more musical SS units.
The Plinius is similar to the Threshold in that it has rich harmonics and musicality. However, the Bryston is more transparent and dynamic, if that is what you seek.