Do you want SS or tube? What is your budget? For SS, look at Plinius M8. For tube, check out BAT. Of course there are many other options.
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Budget allowing I would also second the Joule (LA-100 MkIII) or Cary SLP-98. I have had both in my system and although the Joule still remains the Cary is an excellent product. There have been some used Joule preamps on Audiogon of late priced quite reasonably.
Another option might be an Easten Electric Mini-max. I have read and heard very good things about this preamp. I believe it has the sonic signature you're looking for at a much lower cost. Tube rolling is supposed to provide additional benefits.
Considering my own system. I am now using a passive preamp for my digital front-end. Not all passive preamps lack dynamics and warmth. True, they will never rival tubes, but the custom K&K Audio TVC I just got using S&B transformers (versus resistors) is both transparent and dynamic (at all volume settings) with a touch of warmth that at times has me reaching for the Joule remote to changes the volume only to realize that I have to get up and do it because I couldn't tell which preamp was in use.
The underated and often overlooked Mapletree Audio Ultra 4A. Warm, incredibly musical, and detailed. And, it has a tubed phono stage--all for $700. Don't let the price fool you; it can rival any pre 3x its price range. This review says it all: http://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/mad4multra_e.html.
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I would like to keep it under 5k if possible new or used. Prefably used. Even though I do like the sound of tube amps I would never rule out a SS amp.
I don;t need ultra transparency or detail. But I would like a bit.
I listen to all kind of genre's with Rock, accoustic, classical and opera being my faves and most played.
So pace is important as well although I don;t need the fastest sounding either.
Hope this info helps with recommendations.
I have owned warm sweet sounding preamps such as Croft Super Micro,Glass Audio kit and NEW valve.These are typical of simple tube preamps.They can have lovely mids and highs but tend to lack speed and snap.
So on balance they are not worth owning.
I now own a Supratek Cabernet which is far more balanced and neutral,has great speed,dynamics and snap but especially with 300b valves is also sweet and warm.
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There isn't very much info out on the net on these ones, but they offer infinite variations of tube preamps and have been very well received. From small to large tubes, with all a product to match what you wan.t.
I called and spoke with Albert. It was very helpful.
Before I'd recommend a pre I'd like to know your system.