Originally Posted by nymartyk
Thanks. Are you recommending passive preamp or something more like NHT PC which is basically a single input/output with a volume control?
Passive controllers, of which I own including 2 NHT PVCs plus at least one home made unit with two inputs and two volume controls, a number are special purpose devices. If you have a basically solid state system, and cable lengths are under a couple of meters, they can work.
As to full preamps, appreciate the recommendations. Would you get a new Emotiva USP-1 or a used Acurus or Rotel, etc. ? In looking at bottom tier high end brand preamps that are 20 years old going for $400 - $600 on eBay and wondering if they could really be that much better than the Emotiva.
I already own a number of legacy tubed and SS preamps including a CJ, a Dyna, and a Holman, so I'm not going to be buying any more soon!
The Emotiva USP-1 preamp might fit your needs.
As far as legacy preamps, I see a number of Adcom, NAD, Rotel, etc. items that I might find attractive for under about $200.