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    Preamp recommendation request

    This isn't for me.

    This is sort of a 2 part question. A guy needs a preamp with differential balanced, no DAC or phono stage required, solid state.

    He is considering the Pass XP32, anything better at that price? Realizing it's subjective.

    Any impressions, experience with the XP32?
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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    I was going to suggest the Pass XP22, but then I read the post. I love my XP22, and have no interest in trying the XP32. Three chassis’s are one too many for my setup.
    Bud

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    The Bryston BR-20 is fully balanced throughout and sounds excellent. Comes with DAC functionality but you don't need to use if you don't want to. It will sound different than the Pass XP-22 or XP-32.
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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    ayre
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    jeffrowland group
    audionet
    accuphase
    Gene

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    Speakers - still searching

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    I am using Pass XP-32 with Dan D'Agostino Momentem M400. I have excellent results with our Wilson Audio Alexia 2. I think XP-32 is one of the best value in its price range.

    Julian
    Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia 2 | Digital Sources: Esoteric K01XD + Cybershaft OP18 + Modified OPPO 205 | Amplification: Pass Labs XP-32 + Dan D'Agostino M400 | Analog cables: Transparent Reference XL | Digital cables: Kimber KS2020

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    I hear the Topping preamp is a real giant killer

    Topping Pre90 line preamplifier | Stereophile.com
    Marty

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    rubbish remote apparently !!

    bel canto pre amps are worth a listen .
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs / F5 monoblocks . BC cd2, modright modded jolida dac tannoy eaton legacy 2]bel canto c5i pre ,arcam a85 , black ice modded dac
    modded dac , marantz sa8005, reference fidelity impulse Ta`us horns

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    Quote Originally Posted by nc42acc View Post
    I hear the Topping preamp is a real giant killer

    Topping Pre90 line preamplifier | Stereophile.com
    MEPs new reference standard. Btw, are we reading the same review?
    My right hemisphere maintains that the XP-32 simply sounds better, whatever that means, and the resulting enjoyment is what this is really all about.

    Some people may summarily reject it because of its low cost, small size, limited warranty, Chinese manufacture, or the fact that it's only sold online. All those parameters must be weighed against its low price and outstanding performance. It fits my needs, and it fits my ears, so for me it's a great bargain.

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    To be paired with what in terms of amplification?
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    My system: Etsuro Gold cartridge , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm, bespoke LFD phono cable, CS Port C3EQ, dCS Rossini, Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR v2, Sigma XC v2, AlphaNR v2, Venom v12 NR power cables. Nordhost Valhalla v2 USB, Shunyata Hydra Triton v3. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    To be paired with what in terms of amplification?
    And there is the missing information.
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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    He has Coda Class A 11.0. He is going to have a significant source upgrade and feels a better preamp will keep the system components more inline with performance.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    Clarus Concerto & their Crimson cables

    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    This isn't for me.

    This is sort of a 2 part question. A guy needs a preamp with differential balanced, no DAC or phono stage required, solid state.

    He is considering the Pass XP32, anything better at that price? Realizing it's subjective.

    Any impressions, experience with the XP32?
    First, your friend needs to check that the gain between the amp and the considered preamp are inline, otherwise he won't get good sound
    can you tell his amp gain?

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    Re: Preamp recommendation request

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    This isn't for me.

    This is sort of a 2 part question. A guy needs a preamp with differential balanced, no DAC or phono stage required, solid state.

    He is considering the Pass XP32, anything better at that price? Realizing it's subjective.

    Any impressions, experience with the XP32?
    I'd give real thought to a Denafrips Athena ... see the 6Moons review.

    The Athena looks like a very well built, very good measuring, very nice looking preamp for heck of a lot less money than any Pass Labs.

    ~ Bill

    Win10/Foobar2000 => Topping D90 DAC => Sonic Frontiers Line 1 SE+ preamp => VTV Purifi 1ET400A stereo amp with Sparkos SS3602 op amps => Zaph Audio ZRT speakers (DIY) + PSB Subsonic 5 subwoofer

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