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#1 keithstcs

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:55 PM

I have a Rotel RB 991 that I am fond of, and recently serviced.
The preamp is an old Audiolab.
Any suggestions for a better preamp - within a reasonable price range [1 - 2 k]?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:04 PM

A new Audiolab 8200CDQ? Even has a built in DAC and CDP.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

Audio GD C39mk3 or the new Reference 10 Pre/Headphone Amp/Dac

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#4 frankn

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:42 AM

2nd hand? ME25 - can occasionally be found on SNA and ebay. Purchase and a complete rebuild (ZB) to current specs would be within your price. 2ohm O/P can drive anything.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:30 AM

Audio GD C39mk3 or the new Reference 10 Pre/Headphone Amp/Dac


+1 for the C39. It is dynamic, neutral, has multple inputs and outputs, operates in dual mono mode and will drive anything. Best of all, it costs only about $1 000 landed! A bit of a no-brainer in this price range I would have thought.

#6 keithstcs

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

has anyone any experience of the YS- audio gear or the Shengya gear?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

active or passive? Active will give you better dynamics, passive can give you better transparency.


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#8 keithstcs

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

I did not know they did passive gear...... sorry for the ignorance.
Recommendations for an RB 991?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:14 AM

what about a lovely Earle Weston valve jobby? IIRC the 991 is ballsey, may be nicely paired with a valve pre but not heard the combo myself

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#10 Makka

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:00 AM

I have a Cyrus Pre VS2 in Quartz Silver for sale after an upgrade :)

http://www.cyrusaudi...2-pre-amplifier

http://alatest.com.a...o3-56590208,86/

not sure how much to ask for; perhaps $650 + postage
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#11 Sir Triode

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:33 AM

MFA Magus - $800 or cheaper if you make them an offer on Ebay - has a very good phono stage to boot.

http://www.ebay.com....=item231a87fd6f
Monkeyboi 2012:

"ACHTUNG!!!

Das machine is nicht fur gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und corkenpoppen mit spitzensparken. I
st nicht fur gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets. Relaxen undvatch das blinkenlights!!! "

#12 Sir Triode

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:37 AM

I also have a Krell KSP-7B full function preamp (i.e. with built in phono stage) for sale on SNA for $1500. It has been recently fully refurbished and serviced with all new capacitors.

http://www.stereo.ne...th-phono-stage/
Monkeyboi 2012:

"ACHTUNG!!!

Das machine is nicht fur gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und corkenpoppen mit spitzensparken. I
st nicht fur gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets. Relaxen undvatch das blinkenlights!!! "

#13 MrRogers

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:46 AM

ME14, ME15, ME24 or ME25.

Very hard to beat in that price range.

Contact Zaphod and arrange for a listen or even a comparison with others on your list.

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#14 keithstcs

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:04 PM

Thanks to everyone for comments and offers.
Much appreciated.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

McIntosh c28 4 sale was serviced by ZP about 18 mths ago ;)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:51 PM

I think there is a S/H Musical Fidelity Nu Vista preamp for sale in Classified Section?

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#17 georgehifi

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

active or passive? Active will give you better dynamics, passive can give you better transparency.



Passive will give you both dynamics and tranparency and no colourations if:

1: The source (cdp, dac etc) output impedance is low, 200ohms or less, (which most are)

2: The input impedance of the power amp is high, 47Kohms (the industrie standard) or higher

Cheers George

Edited by georgehifi, 05 April 2012 - 06:41 PM.

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#18 josh0571

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

+1

Great preamps and Aussie made too:)

ME14, ME15, ME24 or ME25.

Very hard to beat in that price range.

Contact Zaphod and arrange for a listen or even a comparison with others on your list.



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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

How about a Rotel RC995?
Full remote MM&MC and balanced to boot.
I wouldn't sell mine.

 


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

Cambridge 840E? Has balanced outs to suit your power amp. I know Cambridge isn't the most "sexy" brand, but I'm pretty happy with mine.




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