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I'm currently running a top of the line Yamaha AVR as my preamp in a system consisting of a Threshold S500/II, B&W 802 S2 and B&W 801 S2 speakers, which I swap from time to time. I'm also just using a Yamaha DVD player as a CD player, but am planning to buy an older, higher end CD player as well. I also use a PC with iTunes running to an Audioengine D1 DAC. I also have a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable and would need to a phono amp for the products listed below.
I'm going to add an older preamp (with remote) for 2 channel to try to extract more definition, depth, etc, and to try to warm up the sound (the plan is to add a passive, high quality RCA switch to choose between preamp and AVR). I have a limited budget of up $700 and have been doing lots of looking. It appears that for my budget and need for a remote control, older pre/pro's may be the best approach. I'm curious if anyone has any advice, opinion, or ideas on my approach and the following preamp possibilities:
Classe SSP-30 MK II
Cary Cinema 6
Simaudio Moon Stargate
Krell Showcase PR
Are you running preamp outs to the Threshold? If so, I'm not sure how you'd configure both HT preamps. Although all of those you listed should sound decent, none I'd consider warm. My personal preference would be Krell. Guessing Cary would be the warmest or provide the most colorations.
Why not run your CDP and computer to your Yamaha using its internal DAC? You might find some of what you are looking for by better utilizing what you have.
If you want to add another preamp, I'd suggest a 2-channel with a HT bypass so you can best configure your stereo & HT listening into one system.
At your price, new, made in the USA, remote, good return and warranty.
I have not heard one, bet getting positive reviews.
Yep....what's not to like. Can't beat a 15 day trail in your own system.
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