Premp suggestions

Premp suggestions

Postby Jprod » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:02 am

I just bought the vpi prime and am thinking about whether or not to upgrade the preamp section of my set up. I currently have a parasound p5 preamp, parasound a21 amp , and ascend acoustics tower speakers with a graham slee accession phono stage.

i was thinking about introducing tubes into my system and started to look at the prima luna line. Any thoughts from anyone in the know about their preamps and how it compares to my solid state p5?

if I do this it will be a few months off but trying to get some preliminary info.
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby gene9p » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:27 pm

Manley Chinook...incredible!
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby WntrMute » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:54 pm

I am digging my Cary SLP-98(s). I have both a line stage only which I run through a K&K Maxxed-Out phono-stage for my LOMC Ortofon Jubilee, as well as a SLP-98P for the odd times I want to use my HOMC. Both sound very sweet and sound both tubey and fast at the same time. Both are F-1 editions. If anyone is looking for a nice tube preamp with an excellent phono-stage I am thinking of selling the SLP-98P at what I think is a reasonable price.

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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby MMMC » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:54 pm

WntrMute wrote:I am digging my Cary SLP-98(s). I have both a line stage only which I run through a K&K Maxxed-Out phono-stage for my LOMC Ortofon Jubilee, as well as a SLP-98P for the odd times I want to use my HOMC. Both sound very sweet and sound both tubey and fast at the same time. Both are F-1 editions. If anyone is looking for a nice tube preamp with an excellent phono-stage I am thinking of selling the SLP-98P at what I think is a reasonable price.

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This is a very nice Cary SLP-98(s) with the upgrade of Jensen Copper Foil in Oil Silver lead caps. It should sound stunning. Worthy of any high end system.

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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby Jprod » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:11 pm

Thoughts on mixing tube preamp with ss amp ?
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby madrac » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:58 am

gene9p wrote:Manley Chinook...incredible!

Agreed on the Chinook - I use one, as well.
It'll sound awesome with your Ascend towers (I use the Sierra 2's).
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby gene9p » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:59 am

I am using a McIntosh Tube pre amp with a Parasound Halo A21 ss amp. From what I've read, most prefer a tube pre with an ss amp. I am not using the built in tube phono stage since I purchased a Chinook phono.
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby 10ovr » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:04 am

Don't know how much you want to spend but you mite look at Zesto 1.2 ,,Assume pre amp :)
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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby gene9p » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:12 am

a Chinook for sale on Agon..new listing..won't last long

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Re: Premp suggestions

Postby Jprod » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:48 am

So the chinook will be a noticeable upgrade from the graham slee accession ?
If I am reading your responses correctly , I should change the phono preamp before I change my regular preamp that is connected to my sacd/DVD audio player as well as my vinyl gear ?
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