Originally Posted by lazgun
For the active mode, I'm looking for something that will give me a nice second option.
It's not a lot to go on. What exactly are you looking for in terms of frequency response, tone coloration (if any), functionality, etc? I really don't know to decode "nice second option".
If you're looking for something relatively uncolored and neutral, something that won't mess with the character of the pickups, yet will add all the technical advantages of an onboard preamp (which is what you seem
to be saying), you might consider something rather hi-fi, like an Audere 2-band, 3-band, or 4-band. Delano & Glockenklang both make very sophisticated hi-fi circuits that essentially have the same sort of effect.
If you're looking for a preamp that adds something more of itself, particularly an aggressive/powerful rock quality, the Aguilar OBP-2 & OBP-3 models are just what the doctor ordered, with some seriously
powerful low end. The Bartolini NTBT & NTMB models are quite similar, but more balanced and not quite as aggressive.