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What about a tube preamp?

I'm also considering a tube preamp to match with the Parasound HCA-1500A. The Parasound is a fairly neutral amp and supplies 205 watts per channel.

My short list of manufacturers includes ARC, Conrad Johnson, Cary, Sonic Frontiers, VTL. There are currently some offerings on A'gon and I'm thinking that would give me more flexibility in the future to experiment with stand-alone tube amplifiers.

It's likely that any purchase I make will be without an audition. I'm willing to take some risk in this regard; however, it's easier to justify the purchase by spending a little less (as in the case of a preamp).

Any thought on the preamp approach?

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