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I suggest that you look around for a used Audio Research preamp, which will sound far better IMO than any of the new preamps that you can buy for under $1500.
The LS2 is very good, and the SP9 is another one that is quite good. You can find them for sale now and then, although most owners tend to keep them a very long time.
Audiogon and EBay have listings from time to time.