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Preamp Owners....What Are You Using?

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I've always liked the sound of Harman Kardon with Klipsch so I've been using a HK3490 Stereo Receiver as my Preamp connected to an Acurus A200 (200 x 2) amp for my RF-7ii 2ch system. 

 

At one time, I did try this Rotel RC 1070 Preamp.  It was a beautiful looking unit but I actually preferred the sound of the HK3490 Receiver as a preamp.

 

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Just curious what stereo preamps you guys are using with your systems.

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Musical fidelity A308CR.  Had one, bought a $12K KWP, sold it and bought another A308CR.  Will not let this one go.  Have the matching amp and CD player. 

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I am using the Emotiva XDA-2 as my preamps. The fact that they double as a DAC and triple as a headphone amp makes it a worthy component. Since it has both XLR and RCA active I can run a pair of speakers via XLR to an amp while I run a signal to a powered sub or pair of subs via the RCA. For $200 or less it is hard to beat that flexibility. I really like the DAC it uses too so that makes it even better yet.

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Howdy,   I am using a Denon AVR-3310CI as a preamp at the moment with a Outlaw 7125 amp.   It seems to work well.    I just picked up a Onkyo TX-NR 3007 which I might substitute for the Denon in the near future.

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 New reissue c22. This is an awesome preamp and the phono section is to die for 

 

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Bought a new Onkyo P-3000R and also have a Carver C-1 with the BillD mods with remote control.   I like that the Onkyo has dual preamp outputs which one is adjustable for when you do a bi-amp setup and your amps don't have gain adjustments on them.  It had all of the digital and analog inputs I needed in one heavy duty chassis.  Separate power supplies for digital and analog sections, too.

 

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Michael,

 

I say if you like the sound of the HK, then look into a B&K PT-3 or PT-5 stereo preamps or if you need digital inputs, look at a B&K Reference 50 pre/pro.  All do stereo music very well and can be found very reasonably priced on the used market.

 

Bill

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I have two... a Pioneer SC85 and an NBS.

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Past tense: Pioneer Spec 1, Onkyo P-3060, McIntosh C28, JM Peach, NBS
Now: McIntosh C2500

 

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I was using my Yamaha AVR as a pre-amp to my Emo XPA-2, then I bought an Emo USP-1 pre-amp. The USP-1 did make a nice difference in sound.

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Prior to the MX-113, I was using a H/K 730 twin receiver as my preamp for my McIntosh MC-752.  over all the McIntosh pre tuner won me over with it's high detail and clarity, but it was a tough sell.  haha  the 730 and the MC-752 were quite musical together.

 

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Integra. Bit of an older unit now, DHC 9.9, but sounds great for music and movies. 

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- Wyred4Sound STP-SE / fully balanced, resistor relay volume control

- George Wright 6sn7, tube rectified

- Nelson Pass First Watt B1 buffered passive

- vintage Yamaha C-6 / remarkably good for 30+ years. Dead quiet, zero static in controls

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I'm happy with the VTA SP14 signaling vintage Yam CA-2010 (La Scala fronts) and CA-1000 (RP-250F rears).  

 

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2 minutes ago, scalawag said:

 

I'm happy with the VTA SP14 signaling vintage Yam CA-2010 (La Scala fronts) and CA-1000 (RP-250F rears).  

 

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Holy krap I never see my CA-2010 turned up that loud!

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McIntosh MX110. M series, earliest run. Has some face issues(like me) and  couple of minor electrical quirks(also like me) but all in all sounds great, and it's phono and tuner sections keeps me in love with it. 

 

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