If you're looking for balanced tube preamp, Audio Research LS-5 is your best choice
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Why not try a great Passive pre, Bent Audio's "NOH" comes to mind. Placette Audio passive is it's equal in the $1,200 price range. I've listened to both and while I bought the Bent, it wasn't better than the Placette...just different.
The AR LS-5 is a great suggestion also if you can use a balanced design.
I'm in the same boat. Two things; I am now driving my Bryston amp directly with my cd player. It has a digital remote volume control. SO far it's great. My Bryston BP 25 is sitting to the side for now. The other item I was going to try is the tube pre amp the AE-5 by the Audio Parts people of Cary. I have not tried it, but that's what I would also try.
I have heard and read very good things about the Adcom, so I guess you're like the rest of us, you are ready for a change,,