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post #1156 of 3216
I used a NHT passive between my DAC and amps before the new DAC. It works great and is $99 I think for an RCA unit.
post #1157 of 3216
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

I used a NHT passive between my DAC and amps before the new DAC. It works great and is $99 I think for an RCA unit.

 

An alternative to the NHT is the CI-Audio passive offerings which I think sound better (this is for other uses than the HE6 though).

post #1158 of 3216
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

below $800 would be really nice. I can take up to $1000 though.

 

Okay, hkaine listed some good passive options.  Here's some more to check out.  I'd suggest reading up on them and seeing which appeals to you.

 

Tubed:

 - Audible Illusions Modulus II or III

 - Tubes4Hifi kits.  (most can also be acquired built for <$1K)

 - Peachtree Audio novaPre

 - Mapletree Audio 2b or 4b (both are under $1K)

 - Conrad Johnson PV-5, 10, 11, or 12

 

SS:

 - Adcom GFP-750

 - Bryston BP20

 - Conrad Johnson PF-1 or 2

 - B&K Pro 10

 - Sansui CA-2000

 

With the exception of the Tubes4hifi preamps, I'd definitely try to buy used at your price point.  Many of these are out of production but retailed for well beyond your budget.  The Mapletree and Peachtree are still in production and may be hard to find used, but you can always look around for a used one.  If you can find a Modwright preamp for your price range (or stretch it a bit more), those are my favorites.  I use a Modwright SWL9.0se, and it's absolutely brilliant, but they usually go used for $1300 or more.  Anyway, good luck.

post #1159 of 3216
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

What's your price range?  There are tons of options.  Look for low gain or a passive preamp.  If it will match with your amp, and you don't need long interconnects, then I'd suggest getting a Lightspeed attenuator.  There's also the Adcom GFP-750 which can be toggled between active and passive.  Outside of that, post a budget, and I'll try to come up with a bunch of options for you.

Isn't the request for a dac + preamp for the budget.? Some of the suggestions here are just preamps.
post #1160 of 3216

Has anyone tried the HE 6 with the Cambridge Audio Sonata AR30? - 40 watts per channel.

Thanks

post #1161 of 3216
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

 

Okay, hkaine listed some good passive options.  Here's some more to check out.  I'd suggest reading up on them and seeing which appeals to you.

 

Tubed:

 - Audible Illusions Modulus II or III

 - Tubes4Hifi kits.  (most can also be acquired built for <$1K)

 - Peachtree Audio novaPre

 - Mapletree Audio 2b or 4b (both are under $1K)

 - Conrad Johnson PV-5, 10, 11, or 12

 

SS:

 - Adcom GFP-750

 - Bryston BP20

 - Conrad Johnson PF-1 or 2

 - B&K Pro 10

 - Sansui CA-2000

 

With the exception of the Tubes4hifi preamps, I'd definitely try to buy used at your price point.  Many of these are out of production but retailed for well beyond your budget.  The Mapletree and Peachtree are still in production and may be hard to find used, but you can always look around for a used one.  If you can find a Modwright preamp for your price range (or stretch it a bit more), those are my favorites.  I use a Modwright SWL9.0se, and it's absolutely brilliant, but they usually go used for $1300 or more.  Anyway, good luck.

So if I buy these preamps, I would set it up as source > dac>preamp>amp>headphone/speaker right?

post #1162 of 3216

Yes, be sure to turn volume of the preamp all the way down before powering up - just as a precaution.

post #1163 of 3216
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

So if I buy these preamps, I would set it up as source > dac>preamp>amp>headphone/speaker right?

Would like to know that myself, to be certain :)

post #1164 of 3216

Pre amps anyone?  This is going to be the pre amp for my HE-6 / F1J rig:

 

 

 

 

post #1165 of 3216
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Originally Posted by darkfireblade25 View Post

So if I buy these preamps, I would set it up as source > dac>preamp>amp>headphone/speaker right?

 

Yes.  How do you normally listen?

post #1166 of 3216
Looking at Passives myself and am split between the Goldpoint or the LAT Axiom. Both really basic designs (pot in a box!) but have been well reviewed and claims to be pretty transparent as long as it matches well with your source.

Any recommendations between the 2?

There is also the Khozmo passive that is sold on eBay. Any one get one of these to try out yet? I've read tons on his attenuators but not much about his passive pre built offering.
post #1167 of 3216

Check this one out as well:

 

http://spl.info/produkte/monitor-controller/volume2/beschreibung.html


Edited by preproman - 4/27/13 at 4:31pm
post #1168 of 3216
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Originally Posted by twizzleraddict View Post

Looking at Passives myself and am split between the Goldpoint or the LAT Axiom. Both really basic designs (pot in a box!) but have been well reviewed and claims to be pretty transparent as long as it matches well with your source.

Any recommendations between the 2?

There is also the Khozmo passive that is sold on eBay. Any one get one of these to try out yet? I've read tons on his attenuators but not much about his passive pre built offering.

 

TBH I think most of those passive pot in the boxes are similar; differences in sonic mainly comes from Pot and resistor choice - and I'd pick the cheapest (or ask your local builder to build you one with stepped/alps) or go active =p. 

post #1169 of 3216

I urge you to try out the EMIA / Intact Audio autoformer-based passives - Dave Slagle is the builder.  There is a difference.  It depends greatly how the attenuation is handled.  Autoformers are in a class by themselves, especially his with their 80% nickle cores.  So far above any resistor-based pot...  I would go this way - worth every penny

post #1170 of 3216
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Originally Posted by fejnomit View Post

I urge you to try out the EMIA / Intact Audio autoformer-based passives - Dave Slagle is the builder.  There is a difference.  It depends greatly how the attenuation is handled.  Autoformers are in a class by themselves, especially his with their 80% nickle cores.  So far above any resistor-based pot...  I would go this way - worth every penny

How do you get a hold of one from him?

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