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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Opposite here.
    Of course.
    I think we disagree on most things audio.
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    Back on track then,
    For the OP,
    I will share my own ideas of what I deemed as the nearest I could come up with as the perfect preamp for me at the time, which by the way’ I still use in my own system today.
    The preamp was designed to compliment the power amps I was building at the time.
    These are the attributes I decided were most important, and achievable.
    Wide band-width.
    Near Perfect stereo matching between channels at all levels of attenuation, and frequencies.
    Low noise.
    High build quality.
    Directly coupled circuitry throughout
    Input impedance fixed ie; not affected by attenuator.
    Low Output impedance, again that wasn’t affected by attenuation at any position,. circuitry that was capable of driving all types of cables and lengths [realistically]
    Without serious drive, and bandwidth limitations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Well, going back to the OP ....

    What more do you want than the band playing in front of you?

    Buy an Azur 840e on eBay or elsewhere. You know you like it - and you probably don't know what any other of the things that are being suggested sound like in your system.
    This makes a lot of sense to me. Having found a preamp he likes, why wouldn't the OP just buy one of those?

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    Exactly!
    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    This makes a lot of sense to me. Having found a preamp he likes, why wouldn't the OP just buy one of those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyTD View Post
    These are the attributes I decided were most important, and achievable.
    Wide band-width.
    Near Perfect stereo matching between channels at all levels of attenuation, and frequencies.
    Low noise.
    High build quality.
    Directly coupled circuitry throughout
    Input impedance fixed ie; not affected by attenuator.
    Low Output impedance, again that wasn’t affected by attenuation at any position,. circuitry that was capable of driving all types of cables and lengths [realistically]
    Without serious drive, and bandwidth limitations.
    The perfect preamp ........almost

    It needs a Valve in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    The perfect preamp ........almost

    It needs a Valve in it
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    Just to update this thread as I feel I have left it hanging in mid air having originally started it.

    Thanks all for all the recommendations and suggestions. Absolutely amazing diverse range of options. Nearly went for the Emotiva that was for sale (since sold I see). What I had forgotten to do is contact Will at Radford Revival for his thoughts seeing that I already have one of his wonderful STA25s.

    Anyway upshot is that Will is going to send me one of his prototype preamps to try out. Judging from the feedback he received already (another thread here on Aos), what Will mentioned to me recently as well as the world class quality of his products I'm really keen to see if his preamp gets me to where I want to be. I'll start a new thread once I get the unit and gain some impressions.

    If it all works out I will have to convince Will to get some fancy new casework (I love the look of the AR Ref 6 case!) as well as retrofitting remote attenuation. Maybe something that has the same look as the STA25?
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    ah that's fantastic , sounds like a wonderful plan . keep us posted
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    Radford Revival
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    A Teddy Pardo PR1 replaced my Naim 52/Supercap. Don't miss the Naim gear one bit. Given the new price of the PR1 (1k sterling) it has to be a bargain.

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