First Sound Presence Deluxe MKII with Paramount upgrades.
This is a hand built pre that adds absolutely nothing to the sound except for gain and what I might describe as “soul”.
Emmanuel Go custom builds from 7k to 40k and has a very loyal following for over 30 years since he blew people away with his first passive pre.
6moons did a nice review. http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/firstsound/1.html
I am upgrading to one of his mega models that has come available.
this pre is also upgrade able to MKIII and I have a Finnish contact for exotic tubes if you feel the urge.
i have owned it since new $7800 and selling for 3k (2700) for regular forum visitors.
I also have an Auralic Aeries for sale.