Originally Posted by edorr
I already got cold feet, so before committing any funds I have a buddy coming tomorrow with a 10K solid state preamp to hear for myself how the SS stacks up.
Just did a shootoout between the Six Shooter and the $10K Jungson JA-10 solid state preamp. The differences were not subtle. The JA-10 was far more dynamic and "in your face" than the SS. Instruments had more "attack". On Paul Desmond's soprano saxophone even to the point of being fatiguing and making you want to turn the volume down. But, this being a live recording, I believe it was simply a more realistic rendition of what transpired on the stage. The dynamics on drums, bass and piano just made the music sound a lot more realistic. The best example was Clapton's "old love" on the 24 nights album. Never sounded as good before.
Interestingly, it could indeed be the case you are not getting these goodies (dynamics and low frequency slam) on a $5,000 tube preamp, and may have to look at more expensive tubes or high end solid state to best the six shooter. In any case, based on my experience, I'm definitely in the market for a preamp upgrade - just not sure if I should try something like an Aethetix Calypso or a Pass Labs XP-10 (or XP-20) first.