What do you like/would like to have in your preamp?
Oct 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

Zaubertuba

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In the good ol' days, preamps were pretty much all the same: Tuner/Phono/Aux/Tape/Tape 2 with a volume, balance, and maybe a tone control.

There's a lot more options these days. So what kinds of inputs do you need/use most on your preamp? What about outputs?

Do you like pushbutton selector switches, rotary switches, remote controls?

Also, are there cool "nice-to-haves" you wish you had, like a good phono stage, balanced ins/outs, tape buffer, etc?
 
Oct 22, 2009 at 6:38 PM Post #2 of 9

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I'm a weirdo

I'd buy, in a heartbeat, something with 3 balanced inputs, 2 balanced outputs routed through a volume pot, and 2 balanced outputs straight-through (tape). 1 single-ended input would be great, if the preamp had a phase splitter in it.

Rotary selection all the way!
 
Oct 22, 2009 at 6:47 PM Post #3 of 9

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I would trade a beautiful-looking preamp with a dozen inputs/outs and even remote control for an ugly preamp that doesn't harm the music signal fed into it..

This is an extremely difficult feat, at any price unfortunately IME.
 
Oct 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM Post #4 of 9

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About a dozen inputs, a transformer-based attenuator, a single tube on each channel and output transformers.

Which, sooner or later, I will have. It'll be an Ultrapath.
 
Oct 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM Post #5 of 9

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon L /img/forum/go_quote.gif
I would trade a beautiful-looking preamp with a dozen inputs/outs and even remote control for an ugly preamp that doesn't harm the music signal fed into it..

This is an extremely difficult feat, at any price unfortunately IME.



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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik /img/forum/go_quote.gif
About a dozen inputs, a transformer-based attenuator, a single tube on each channel and output transformers.

Which, sooner or later, I will have. It'll be an Ultrapath.



A dozen inputs!
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You guys have that many sources?
 
Oct 23, 2009 at 3:10 AM Post #6 of 9

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pepperoni

and green peppers

mushrooms

olives

chives
 
Oct 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM Post #7 of 9

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LDR based volume control.

Left/Right vol controls on remote. Threat level IIIA metal remote

Anti-thump on selector

Wired point/point

Power supply robust enough that power cords make no difference.

John C.
 
Oct 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM Post #8 of 9

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TBH i'm not bothered about balanced inputs/outputs or remote control.

Lord, give me one of these and i'll die a happy man....


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