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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:44 pm 
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Have an opportunity to buy Mcintosh MC30's and looking for suggestions for a somewhat modern day preamp.

Should this preamp be tube or solid state? My preference is tube but could easily convinced otherwise.

Like to connect the following: Turntable, CD player, Tuner, Streaming, and a remote would be nice.
Currently have JPW AP3 speakers but will change these in due time.

Budget is around $1,000.

On this classified section there appear to be some for sale. Actually I am surprised how many are made in Canada; Mapletree, Bryston, Classe, and I am sure there others.

Perhaps I should start with a DAC converter such as a Benchmark DAC2 or so.

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Well, it's a tube amp, usually with a tube pre, you could go with a solid state amp, but in your case, go with the tube pre, although if you prefer the SS, go for it.

As for the DAC, if your listening are mainly FM, and TT, then, CD, the DAC should come dead last, and when you do, get the latest possible, the one you can afford.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:03 pm 
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It might depend on what your sources are?
Eg. Are you looking for built in phono stage or have an out board.
I find also that SS pre offer a greater amount of versatility with inputs/outputs.
You may also consider a Hybrid tube/SS.
Just my 02 cents and welcome to Cam forum.

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I would 2nd Chipmunk's remarks but add, do you want something like an on-board dac with usb port. If not, take a serious look at the Magnus that's for sale. It is one of Arthur Salvatore's favourites and comes highly recommended. So do the Doge preamps, and I think I saw a couple of them for sale too.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:34 pm 
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Thank you for the feedback.

Got the MC30's and very happy with them. Hooked up the CD player directly to it and this will work for now.

The suggested MFA Magus was sold when I enquired soon after it was listed.

The search goes on for a pre-amp. Lots for sale, an option mentioned was an solid state Oppo HA-1. Sure sounded nice in the store set up (they usually do). It is a bit limited in inputs to 1 rca analog and 1 XLR.

Wish I could listen to the listed Mapletree Line 2C preamp or the JJ Electronics 243; just too far from where I am.


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Big congrats on the Mac amps.
Best of luck with a decent preamp.

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Look for a used Peachtree Nova Preamp.

- 24-bit/192kHz USB input (accepts 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz sampling rates)
- switchable between solid state and tube (6N1P)
- 4 digital inputs: 1 USB (Type B), 2 coaxial, 1 optical
- 1 analog aux RCA stereo input
- 2 full-bandwidth RCA pre outputs
- detachable power cord

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