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Entering into a realm of what if here but no wildlife or brain cells should be damaged by the experience...
I don't need a pre-amp...but...
...what might be a useful one for my situation?
Currently have a Cambridge Audio CD Player pushing signal into a Naksa 80 power amp which then throws the volts at pair of Krix Lyrix. Attenuation is via a good quality stepped pot built into the amp on the signal side. There are no other sources, nothing else in the system.
The result sounds really impressive and the form factor is wonderfully simple but I can't help having the feeling that something is being lost through the application of this blunt instrument.
I was using the pre-amp side of a Yamaha integrated amp some time back with a different power amp but the Yamaha is a massive beastie and I have doubts about its pre-amp qualities at the best of times.
I do have another pre-amp (Aspen GK-1 tube pre, sister to the NAKSA) but it's an old project that never quite got sorted and I've lost sufficient interest ATM to make the effort to get it back into the picture.
Can anyone suggest a small form factor quality pre-amp with up to two inputs that I might be able to 'experiment' with? Budget up to $300 but preferably less. Happy to consider capacity to accept external streaming device or have DAC capabilities too.