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Good preamp for Khorns and Mac MC275 that doesn't break bank

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My father has klipschorns driven by a Mac 275 and a Rotel preamp. The Rotel does not sound that great with the amp and horns, so I started doing some research. I've read the best pairing is the Mac C220, but that is quite a bit more than he wants to spend (best used I could find was ~ 3k). I was trying to get some input into other options to pair with this system that were < 2k.

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buy some inexpensive tube pre-amp and try it out.  If it's really the tube vs. SS deal it will likely be apparent soon enough.   Try ebay.

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Recommend either a McIntosh D100 or D150 Pre/DAC. Get the company's latest signal and digital technology ~$1,800 - $2,000. Check with Audio Classics. A considerable move up from Rotel.   

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On another site there's a thread entitled  "How much do I need to spend to get a preamp that sounds better than no preamp?"

 

You may find it instructive, and/or amusing.  Site won't let me add the link, sorry, but you can search the text string.

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On 3/3/2019 at 8:00 PM, Biscuit said:

My father has klipschorns driven by a Mac 275 and a Rotel preamp. The Rotel does not sound that great with the amp and horns, so I started doing some research. I've read the best pairing is the Mac C220, but that is quite a bit more than he wants to spend (best used I could find was ~ 3k). I was trying to get some input into other options to pair with this system that were < 2k.

I use a Quicksilver Line Stage Preamp, $995. You can get a remote control version for $1,595.

 

This line stage will drive the McIntosh MC275 with ease.

 

Just my opinion.

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On 3/5/2019 at 5:08 AM, Archguy said:

On another site there's a thread entitled  "How much do I need to spend to get a preamp that sounds better than no preamp?"

 

You may find it instructive, and/or amusing.  Site won't let me add the link, sorry, but you can search the text string.

 

That was a fun read!

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