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RE: I'm 95% convinced I want to change to a passive preamp. Thoughts?

A quick search found several commercially available autotransformer preamps, including the EM/IA Elmaformer, but it's more money than I'm willing to spend on a preamplifier. Townshend's Allegri+ gets closer, but there's no remote control, which I find indispensable anymore. Another option is the icOn4 AVC, which is within my price range and uses a remote for controls (including channel balance!), but I'm hesitant about the 1.5dB step attenuation. I would really miss the 128-step (0.625dB) attenuation of my Schiit Freya S preamp. Plus, the icOn4 relies on an Apple device for the remote and I do not own an Apple iphone or tablet.

The autotransformer is an intriguing option for a preamplifier, with certain obvious benefits in the design, but for now I'll stick with a more traditional preamp topolgy. Thanks for prompting me to learn more about autoformer preamps!


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