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Fully Balanced Pre-Amp? Recs?

Discussion in 'audio' started by schneller, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. schneller

    schneller pfm Member

    Does anyone have recommendations for a fully balanced pre-amp? With balanced (XLR) inputs and outputs? Does anything good exist that doesn't cost NAIM prices? Thanks.
     
  2. RossB

    RossB Member

    EAR 912.
     
  3. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    Relatively affordable second hand - MFA Classic (2 xlr in 1 out plus conversion on the RCA ins)

    More sustantially priced - Aesthetix Calypso (5 xlr in 2 out)

    I have both and use the Aesthetix for its greater adjustability (and sq). The MFA is great for the price but lacks a little adjustability at 2am but if you only listen at moderate to loud levels you may never need anything more.
     
  4. ChrisPa

    ChrisPa pfm Member

    Meridian G02
     
  5. eisenach

    eisenach Thüringen

    Primare Pre32.
     
  6. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    older model arc pre amps ? mfa seconded
     
  7. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Auralic taurus in audio emotion preowned?
     
  8. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Crumpets. I can hear crumpets.

    Or a 502.
     
  9. Lambros

    Lambros pfm Member

    Dynavector L300
     
  10. Tonyb

    Tonyb pfm Member

    Wyred 4 Sound STP SE.
     
  11. Alexh

    Alexh pfm Member

    ATC SCA2 if you can find a used one.
     
  12. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    ARC REF3. Impeccable SQ and engineering, nor does it cost NAIM prices.
     
  13. Tonyb

    Tonyb pfm Member

  14. abbydog

    abbydog pfm Member

    Discontinued Linn Klimax control would be my pick if budget was tight - can be had used for peanuts given the performance (Linn power amps are ordinary). Any of the ARC Ref pres are good but I’d look for an LS5 - may take a little finding. A used Ayer KX-R would be good too and will also see off a 552 (which was ordinary at £10k but at its current inflated price is just silly). Lots of options but these are the ones I know - you are right to insist on balanced but try to ensure you’re getting a fully differential device and not a few chips.
     
  15. 33RPM

    33RPM Reads lots of posts

    I took a gamble in buying an Abrahamsen V3.0 up online. Easily bettered my previous Pardo, Naim, Avondale pre amps at a (me thinks) silly price. Balanced out for poweramp(s) and balanced CD in.
     
  16. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    Lyngdorf has both as well as coax and optical digital inputs.

    Might be some about 2nd hand but i'll be keeping mine til it dies.
     
  17. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    bd audio is seling their grandinote preomio pre amp , I had this on demo this year and its very very good indeed. only reason I did not buy one is it does not have htb and its black !!!
     
  18. evand

    evand pfm Member

    Brilliant preamp, I’ll never sell mine.
     

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