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Offline MikeZ

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Preamp recommendations
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:57:46 AM »
What would be a good preamp match with the new Carver tube 350 amp?


Offline StephenWVU

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Re: Preamp recommendations
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2014, 12:46:08 PM »
The best preamp I have used is my current preamp (I am selling my entire system).  It made my Black Beauties sound incredible.  VAC CPA1 MK II.  If interested I might be able to bring it to PA on Monday.  PM for pricing.  It retailed for about 7 grand.  Alternatively you could just wait for the Carver Preamp.
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
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VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
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Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

Offline bearjew

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Re: Preamp recommendations
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2014, 04:41:11 PM »
My recommendation would be to NOT wait for the new Carver Preamp.  Love Carver gear to death, but Bob probably hasn't even started working on it yet.

I got a bitchin' C-1 I have decided to part with if you're interested (sorry, OCCD, but I think it's time for someone else to enjoy it).  It's not tube, but it's the best C-1 you'll ever hear.
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Offline StephenWVU

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Re: Preamp recommendations
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2014, 05:50:25 PM »
I kind of agree not to wait. Plus, summer is the best time to buy used gear. I highly recommend contacting me regarding my pre. I will be up in Pittsburgh Monday and I can almost bet you won't find a better one anywhere near the price I will offer this.
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
CD: SONY DVP 9000ES
Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

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Re: Preamp recommendations
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 06:11:11 PM »
The VAC pre is very awesome. I would buy it. Actually, if is is still around after I get my ducks in order, I will buy it.
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