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Ideas for a Preamp Under $300?

 

Silver Member
Username: Lovegasoline

Post Number: 147
Registered: Jul-05
I'm pretty much a beginner on a budget who has slowly been putting together a 2-channel system for the past three years.

My system consists of Yamaha Integrated Amp model A-700 (mid 1980's vintage). Sources are a Meridian 508.20 CDP and a Music Hall MMF.7 Turntable w/ Eroica Cartridge [the latter a high output MC Cart that is recommended to be run by a MM phone stage], Apple G5 as a music server w/iTunes (connected via cheap mini-plug > RCA cable), plus an inexpensive Philips DVD player for the occasional movie. Speakers are Polk LSi9s.

After putting upgrades on hold for a year, I just purchased a McCormack DNA-125 Amp and I am going to integrate it into my system. I had intended to use the preamp and MM phono-pre section of the Yamaha A-700 Integrated amp to feed the McCormack amp until I could afford a separate preamp upgrade in the future (I've been curious about the Audible Illusions M3A, but I haven't really begun to do the research for the preamp yet). Unfortnately, I can NOT hook the Yamaha's preamp section to the McCormack...there's NO pre-out. Gah!

In the interim, I need to get some sort of temporary preamp into this system to feed the McCormack.

Finances are VERY tight right now. A good preamp is out of the question as my audio priorities include numerous system expansion upgrades [I'll have two more rooms to supply with music in the near future, so I'll set up either a hardwired or wireless music server based on my Apple computer].

So now I need to take a bit of a detour.
Does anyone have recommendations for a premap (probably used) for under $300 that has switchable sources (CDP, AUX [Digital from Apple G5] , TT, DVD), MM phono stage, that will mate well with the McCormack and Polk LSi9? I listen to mostly rock with a little bit of everything else. I want something I can easily resell down the road, preferably without too big of a loss. This is a stop-gap measure. I haven't listened to tubes so I do not have an opinion on them vs. SS.

Any ideas?

Thanks a bunch.
 

Silver Member
Username: Lovegasoline

Post Number: 148
Registered: Jul-05
I should add that buying used will likely yield more nag for the buck so take that into consideration if anyone has any recommendations.

Thanks.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Nottingham365

MA USA

Post Number: 40
Registered: Mar-06
You might consider the discontinued Adcom GFP-565. (Please note that there was also a GFP-555 in the Adcom line). Some people consider it a fine value with a respectable MM phono stage. It features several inputs and two tape loops. On audiogon, it usually sells for around $300.00 or a little less. Ebay is another option. I think you could resell it downstream at a similar price.

Since the McCormack piece is high end, synergy might be lacking. But that may be the case with any preamp at the $300.00 price point.

Best wishes.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 13107
Registered: May-04
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http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatube&1231022217&/Dynaco-pas-3x-Tube-P reamp

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1232242649&/Rotel-RC-980bx

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1232149232&/Rotel-RC-1070

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1232167751&/Yamaha-C-85

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1232036659&/Superphon-Revelation -II-pre

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231949096&/PS-Audio-4.6---5.0

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231935307&/Marantz-3200

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231725693&/NAD-C162

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231710978&/B---K-Ref.-5-Series- II

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231646092&/SAE-mark-xxx

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231535698&/Rotel-RSP-976

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1231009551&/Adcom-GFP-555

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1230993506&/QUAD-33

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1230834162&/Quad-Model-44

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1230741227&/Perreaux-SA3-Class-A

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1230519390&/NAD-116

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1229888088&/Hafler-DH-110

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1229635596&/Van-Alstine-Pat-5-Om ega-Star

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?preatran&1229267451&/Hafler-DH-110

http://www.audioclassics.com/detail.php3?detail=CITATION-11&nav=cat

http://www.audioclassics.com/detail.php3?detail=3300&nav=cat

There you go, 21 choices. There's some fairly decent stuff avaiable for $300 or less. At least 90% of it is better than the Yamaha A400.

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Gold Member
Username: Mike3

Wylie, Tx USA

Post Number: 1541
Registered: May-06
JV, you belong in some kind of Customer Service position somewhere audio related!
 

Gold Member
Username: Mike3

Wylie, Tx USA

Post Number: 1542
Registered: May-06
Oh wait, that's going to end up being a been there done that isn't it?

Nice post above for the OP to work with.
 

Silver Member
Username: Afj

GaboroneBotswana

Post Number: 160
Registered: Jan-08
http://www.promitheusaudio.com/tvc.htm

havent heard it myself personally. maybe other members can comment
 

Platinum Member
Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 13110
Registered: May-04
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It's a passive line control without a phono section.
 

Silver Member
Username: Hawkbilly

Nova Scotia Canada

Post Number: 422
Registered: Jul-07
Another option....

http://www.audio-ideas.com/reviews/preamps/audio-limits-preamplifier.html
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 11210
Registered: Dec-04
Get David M to try it first.

No phono.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 1763
Registered: Feb-07
Ha ha.

Yeah, I'll take one for the team.

Most of it is still under warranty.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 1764
Registered: Feb-07
Hmmmm... try a low-budget made in China tube pre-amp.

Nevermind.
 

Silver Member
Username: Lovegasoline

Post Number: 150
Registered: Jul-05
Thanks a bunch for all the great input.

For the outcome of this quest, please see the separate post here:
https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-audio/542884.html
 

Bronze Member
Username: Milpai

Post Number: 14
Registered: Mar-06
Will a Promitheus TVC work with NAD C352 integrated's power amp section? These are the power amp figures that I got from NAD:
770 mV / 20k ohms / 470 pF

Thanks
 

Bronze Member
Username: Milpai

Post Number: 16
Registered: Mar-06
Slow forum I guess. But anyways, I have orderd the Reference C-Core dual box TVC with Elma upgrades from Promitheus. Keeping my fingers crossed
 

Bronze Member
Username: Milpai

Post Number: 17
Registered: Mar-06
Wanted to report back that the TVC works EXCELLENT with my NAD C352. The initial impressions after 1 hour are:
tightened up bass
superb separation
wide soundstage
each instrument has it's own space
vocals are superb
hardness is gone and music feels like it is floating free
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