I am trying to find a preamp within reasonable coast(approx $500.00) to integrate in my HT system. Do I need a preamp with HT bypass or can I get any preamp & place the volume knob at 12 o'clock position & calibrate the levels for front Lt/Rt from the processor & use that as the setting for HT.
Pretty sure you can do either. I did a lot of research on this issue before buying my preamp a few months ago, and from what I learned you can get by with either. I went with a bypass, though, because this way I can keep the preamp off and not wear down the tubes when I'm not using it for music.
Thats what I am debating but if I can get by without HT bypass option then I have a chance of looking at more preamps before purchasing. Would leaving the volume knob at fixed position & calibrating levels for front speakers be same as using HT bypass?
Vinod: If you find a preamp that you really like but it doesn't have an HT bypass, check with the company/designer about adding one. Sometimes they don't include one in the stock model, but many of them can add it for a small additional fee.
I am looking for a used high end preamp therefore a new one with HT bypass is my second chioce.
Thanks Kal for the suggestion, I will look for something with stepped volume control.
couple models to consider, the Adcom GFP-750, and the Primare PRE-30, the Primare is going to be a fair bit more expensive than the adcom. Krell also makes a couple of models that have HT bypass in both a pre and integrated amp options. Take a look over on audiogon for pricing..
If you are looking for tubes or hybrids, Anthem/Sonic Frontiers (basically the same company) produced pre's with an SSL, or surround sound loop. They go on audiogon for $350-$700 +/-. Rogue also made the 66 and 99 magnum, but the HT bypass may have been an option, so you'll have to look closely. I also went thru this, and decided to go the dedicated 2 channel route.