Eastern Electric MiniMax. Save your money for software.
10 responses Add your response
OK, I just auditioned a plinius with an AyreK1x and it was very good. I susspect that CJ,ARC would be great also but it is more a matter of taste than one being better than the other- just keep in mind that all you can do is listen, get a short list of best in the price range and do the one that either sounds better for you or is built better than the other great options. Jadis and audion don't excite me but Ayre,CJ,ARC do. They are not the same though. Ayre is the most dynamic while CJ is the most bloomy. Which kind of sound do you prefer-you cant have it all for any amount of money. Depending on the system, I could see myself with any of these three, get the idea?
You should consider a CAT or Joule Electra. The CAT is a fantastic pre-amp. Crystal clear transparency. The Joule, although very good for the money, creates a very slight drop out on the upper mid range. Bottom line is, it's all about system matching. Some components form synergy, while others do not.