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    What features, in addition to great sound, are important to you in a line level preamplifier for a high end system? For example, do you a) have to have, b) want, or c) not want features like the following: mute switch, balance control, tone control, remote operation, digital display, surround sound pass through, etc. etc. I tend to be a minimalist. But I ma curious what others think. Thanks.

  • #2
    A balance control and a remote! All the remote really needs to do is volume and mute, but other functions are good too. Oh, and a fixed level output to hook up to a headphone amp.
    Steve Lefkowicz
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    • #3
      Hi Bill,

      I only need/would like these features in my preamp of choice:
      - digital display that automatically turns off after last operation. This way I can keep the pre on 24/7 without worrying about LED burning out.
      - remote
      - mute button would be nice, but not necessary

      I used to need a HT bypass, and had that in my Rowland pre, but no longer need that in my new setup.

      HTH.
      Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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      • #4
        A remote volume control and tubes!

        Sorry I need to edit.........fully differential balanced circuit input to output..........and tubes.
        Last edited by nc42acc; 02-08-2016, 05:56 PM.
        Marty

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BillH View Post
          What features, in addition to great sound, are important to you in a line level preamplifier for a high end system? For example, do you a) have to have, b) want, or c) not want features like the following: mute switch, balance control, tone control, remote operation, digital display, surround sound pass through, etc. etc. I tend to be a minimalist. But I ma curious what others think. Thanks.
          Mute not necessary But ok
          Mono yes
          Balance yes
          Tone no
          Remote not necessary but ok if no interference with sound
          Digital display always good
          Home theater no
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          • #6
            Originally posted by BillH View Post
            What features, in addition to great sound, are important to you in a line level preamplifier for a high end system? For example, do you a) have to have, b) want, or c) not want features like the following: mute switch, balance control, tone control, remote operation, digital display, surround sound pass through, etc. etc. I tend to be a minimalist. But I ma curious what others think. Thanks.

            remote operation (very few [only one] company comes without remote operation?) --for me an absolute necessity
            balanced/single ended input and outputs
            mute switch
            balance control (tape people can use this if no one else)
            digital display (as Allen said can be turned off)
            user programmable settings for each input (so I don't blast my ear out accidentally when going from one input to another)
            absolute phase (?) remote control
            stereo/mono (?)
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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            • #7
              remote operation of power, volume, absolute phase,mute
              balance control
              stereo mono switch
              tape loop(s)
              switched ac outlet ( for hours meter,)
              output trigger
              analog pot volume control
              oops: I forgot to mention all tubed signal path
              Last edited by JCOConnell; 02-08-2016, 06:36 PM.
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