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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    Quote Originally Posted by heihei View Post
    First demo of a SS pre this week - the Soulution 520. In summary I was very impressed - it matched the Bernings well for speed and natural timbre but brought some punch and dynamics to the party. The inclusion of a decent phono stage is a plus too.

    Interestingly, I also heard the 511 power amp in my set-up too and thought it was exceptional - it was the first SS power I've heard that gets close to the Quadratures for speed and natural timbre. The 511 loses something in air and space around the instruments, but has better bass tone and control. The two are voiced quite differently, with the Soulution having an overall darker tonality - not in a bad way and in fact was very appealing, but notable none-the-less.

    Hopefully the CH L1 should be with me soon.
    That’s a couple of stunning preamps you are evaluating there...


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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    Quote Originally Posted by heihei View Post
    Not to spoil my own findings, but how do you articulate the differences between the 520 and L1?

    No distribution of Aries Cerat in the UK sadly.
    Very similar, really nitpicking to find the differences. I would place the Soulution sound as a "small" step closer to warmer, both world class.

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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    The LTA MZ2 arrived this weekend, and very impressive it is too! No chance to back-to-back to other pre's yet (currently have a silver-wired MFA Passive and CH Precision L1 available), but will do that this week.

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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    ooh that mfa silverwired pre is a real peach .....
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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    had to downsize my 2 box modwright pre to raise funds for a new speaker and got a humble bel canto pre 3 with dedicated vbs1 battery supply . i would put this on a par with a silver mark 2 music first classic pre . heaven knows why bel canto stopped making them , they have a habit of using their vol controlled dacs into their amps which sounds digital and horrible in my experience [ i have tried many times ]

    so the pre has 200 volume stops which gives precise control , it is ultra quiet and so far sounds pretty good . at its very modest cost it really is rather an audiophile bargain
    1]velleman 8020 . msb s200 . Marantz sa8005, , bel canto fm1 tuner . tannoy eaton legacy 2] naim supernait 2, bel canto 3.5 vbs , rotel cd , reference fidelity impulse Ta`us horns

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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    Some of the earlier BelCanto gear like the Pre 3 were stellar. Congratulations.
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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    The CH Precision L1 is stunning - instills a great sense of order in the music, establishing a big 3D soundstage, precise placement of instruments, and a very natural voicing. Having spent time with a full CH stack (C1, L1, 2x A1), I'd say it's the pick of the bunch.
    In comparison to the Soulution 5-series, I'd pick the L1 - it's overall a "classier" performer.
    Whilst the LTA MZ is cracking value, it doesn't get close to the L1 (or Soulution for that matter). Neither does the MFA passive.

    Very tempted by the L1, but will likely wait until Munich in case anything jumps out there!

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    Re: Recommend me a SS pre.....

    some say this is the best SS pre on the planet:

    http://www.robert-koda.com/K-10/k10.html
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