- Nov 29, 2002
I need some recommendations for a stereo preamp w/ HT bypass new or used prices. My budget is $300...but if there is something cheaper...then great!
I, on the other hand, absolutly hated the SOUND using the dual volume method. It screwed up my main 2 speakers with home theater.I'm hoping you can tell us a little more about what you expeienced. What was it that appeared screwed up to you?
I can say good things about Parasound, but I bought a used 1100D 2-channel preamp 5 years ago (may be able to find them today for about $250).
It doesn't have an HT bypass, but it is a very clean SS preamp. The volume control during HT use is set to the exact 12 o'clock position and doesn't seem to influence the quality of the HT sound at all.
I, on the other hand, absolutly hated the SOUND using the dual volume method. It screwed up my main 2 speakers with home theater.I'm also interested in your experience, Charles - particularly the preamp you were using.
IMO a good preamp should not impart any sound of it's own to the signal so apart from a level change, you should not know it is there.
I ended up solving my problem with the Sony TA-P9000es. This is a GREAT preamp for the money. Thats why folks were willing to pay close to $700 on ebay for a preamp I paid $450 to buy. Good luck if you can find one for $500. It will be very difficult.The funny thing is that many don't realize that not only does the TAP offer a HT bypass but it also allows you to bypass the unit in 2-channel mode and use a totally separate 2-channel pre amp as well.
In other words, I can have a separate HT processor hooked up to the TAP and a tube 2-channel hooked up to the TAP when I want to listen to music. In fact, I can run a 'Y' cable from my CD player and run one pair to the TAP for Solid State playback and also run the other end to the 2-channel bypass on the TAP and use a tube preamp when I want the harmonics of tube gear all at the flick of a switch.
YOu can use any processor and 2-channel preamp on the market with the TAP which means your choices of what gear you put in your system is endless.