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In Reply to: RE: Hybrid Preamps posted by AudioSoul on February 18, 2017 at 08:00:21
The benefits were (to Counterpoint anyway) that it was a cheap design to produce. Using FET's was less costly to produce than all tube models. Mike Elliott's all-tube designs are a whole other story.
The Counterpoint 3.1 preamp was a really nice sounding preamp. Once upgraded, the level of this preamp went up a few notches. I wish I still had that preamp.
I still have a Counterpoint SA-1000 that is fully tricked out. That preamp is right there with the 3.1 preamp.
I hear the Counterpoint 5.1 preamp is the best that Mike Elliott ever made. I had two Counterpoint SA-3000 preamps and sold after a few months, I just couldn't get into their sound. Totally different from the SA-1000 and SA-3.1 preamps. Even the SA-5000 preamp wasn't all that sound wise.
What I really like from Counterpoint was their built in phono stages. Some of the best I have ever heard.
Yep. I spent 20 odd years with an SA3k that I upgraded more than once before I finially gave up on it. His SA11, SA9 designs along with his Aria WV's are his best works, but I also have a real appreciation for the 5.1. Simple, tubed and affordable. One of the all time greats.
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