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

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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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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.

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

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I did not know they did passive gear...... sorry for the ignorance.

Recommendations for an RB 991?

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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

ALW

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

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

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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

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+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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How about a Rotel RC995?

Full remote MM&MC and balanced to boot.

I wouldn't sell mine.

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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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