Tubed Preamp Opinions for Marantz System

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by TDTM, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. TDTM

    TDTM New Member

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    Hey guys.

    I'm looking to add a tubed preamp into my setup. Any input or opinions would be greatly appreciated! My max budget is around the $350 mark.

    My current setup is: Marantz 6370Q > Marantz 2270 > Marantz HD-880. Right now, I have a Shure V15 Type IV cart, but I plan to swap that for an Ortofon 2M Blue.
     

     

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  2. Bodyblue

    Bodyblue AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Why do you want one? That is not a snarky question at all. Tubes are a can of worms that a lot of people get into then wonder why a year later. Some get them and love them, but they need a lot more attention to keep sounding great than solid state. Your Marantz is already a very warm sounding rig and with the HD880s I cant see how the tubes would improve the sound. They will change the sound somewhat but it wont be like flipping a switch and a new world will open up.
     
  3. Chrisxo55441

    Chrisxo55441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    the 2270 has an excellent phono stage but you could try a tube phono pre maybe i find that they add a little more warm tube sound to my SS gear including my 2270
     
  4. jetstream

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  5. mcgarick

    mcgarick Well-Known Member

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    That auction site...Douk audio, WADA JAPAN preamp 177.00 plus 40 shipping.

    I bought one, its fantastic.
     
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  6. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    One of the Audionote Kondo KSL-M77 kits off eBay would be fantastic as well. ;)
     

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