I have recently replaced my Yamaha M50 Amp with a McIntosh MC300 that I am currently using with a Yamaha C6 Preamp. The effect of adding the new amplifier was dramatic to say the least. Up until now I thought the C6 was fine, but now I can't help but feel that it's my weakest link, and holding back the capabilities of the amp. I'm not really an audiophile, I'm more a music lover, so I don't want to keep switching gear out all the time just to see how it sounds. I want to put together a system I can keep forever. I'm looking to spend $1000 - $1,500 for a pre, and I've been looking at various Macs as well as Audio Research & Conrad Johnson. The rest of my system consists of a Dual 721 TT, and Bang & Olufsen M150 speakers. I have a Pioneer DVD player hooked up as a CD player, but I can't remember the last time I actually used it. It's mostly dedicated to playing LP's only. I have done some research, but also wanted some input from enthusiasts too. The only Mac preamp I have heard bad things about is the C28, which is reported to have fiddly pots. Any advice would be appreciated.