Sorry,I meant to say Oppo 95 as my source.
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I've owned a few tube preamps. The TAD 150 Signature is one of them. It's a nice preamp, warm, musical. It just sounds right. For its price point it's hard to beat. I now have a VTL 2.5 which is also a good preamp within your price range. There's a Juicy Music Blueberry that's nice as well. Conrad Johnson and Joule come to mind but I have not tried these.
I'm sure other members can offer other choices. Best wishes.
I would go used and try a CJ PV-5 if you can find it on here. If you're not trying to get the all-out "euphonic" sound, a used Audio Research pre might be the ticket. When I had my Hibachi's I tried them with a friend's B&W Matrix 803 S3's and a CJ PV-5. It sounded great - nice and warm with plenty of punch and clarity.
I like the idea of a CJ but should I be concerned about phase inversion? The Hibachis have two inputs and from what I understand is that I can connect my HT prepro and my preamp to these amps at the same time. Just turn off the one not being used. One would be out of phase. I had the TAD 150 for a little while. I probably should of kept it and tried some different tubes. I like the idea of a preamp with HT passthrough when unit is off.