There has been considerable discussion of preamps in various threads: some people use them, some don’t, some want to try one . . . Paul tried one and look what happened. So it might be interesting to have a list of preamps that have been used successfully with PSA products. (I’m trying to be a good citizen by starting a new thread, not tacking onto another that wandered into preamp territory.) I’ll start it off:
I run a conrad-johnson Premier 17LS. It is sufficiently neutral that whenever I change other components, it’s easy to hear the differences. And, like most c-j stuff, it’s harmonic heaven–even more so if you upgrade the stock Sovtek tubes. Did I contradict myself by saying that it’s both neutral and harmonically rich? Well, that’s how I hear it–voices are sublime. I have not felt the urge to upgrade this part of my system for ten years. I have used both the PWD MkII and now the DS with this preamp.