What is the rest of your system?
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I'm on the list for the TRL multi-channel pre-amp, a couple after the review unit going to David Robinson. I've had Tube Research Labs pre-amps since they first came out, nothing else comes close in dynamic range, bass, highs. I use to not take "surround sound" or multi-channel seriously, but have heard a few good things, some good DVD movies are okay, 'some' SACD engineers get it, all multi-channel media is not gimmicky and stupid. And I agree with gspdbeemer, that I don't want to lose my good 2 channel sound, I like listening to my old jazz analog tapes and jazz LP's.
I never thought I'd be saying this, but there is finally something to this "quad" thing. If you haven't heard a convincing demonstration of this, then it is either the gear, or the source material's engineer.
Two channel is probably where it's at for me, I'm use to it. But, for a very few, now, exceptions, I want to check out MCH.
Hi,JTinn. Was away on business (actually, ski Canada!), wasn't trying to ignore you.
I use Tube Research 300's with Mini Utopias on custom stands. My preamp. is a Jadis line-stage, I really like the sound of it, but it tends to eat expensive tubes. I have a highly-modded SCD-1. I'm not really ready to go multi-channel, but will work up to it slowly. Tube Research emailed me, I'll be trying their preamp. next month. I'll let you know how that goes, I've been through lots of gear, the constant in my system has been my amps.
Paul makes GREAT gear. I think it is going to be a very special preamp. Having the opportunity to hear it first is a huge benefit. It is certain to match well with your amplifier. I have not heard it yet and I have no doubt it is wonderful.
As far as the EMM Labs (Meitner) Switchman 3, being the distributor, I am biased, but I have always loved tube gear. What I hear with the Switchman is complete lack of coloration and no sense of a solid state sound. Solidity of images within the stage is phenominal and dynamics are great. The musicality is what gets me the most.
Right now, I have it in my reference system with the EMM Labs DAC 6, Tenor 300 hybrids and Kharma Exquisite 1a Extended reference speakers. I am using it only for 2 channels. If I heard a better preamp, I would be using it.
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If you can get a grasp of what being surrounded, NO enveloped by the ultimate components on this Earth would be like, then you might understand what's going on here. Every sense involved, not just an aural encounter of the fourth kind, but a total immersion, then you would be getting a glimpse of Tube Research Labs delivers. Do I own their components?? Yes! Are they expensive?? YES! Would I trade my Countach for a Corvette?? NO!!!! Enjoy the ride, life is short.