Check this out: http://www.vintage-revolution.com/products/acousticbox/features/ This preamp looks to have all the bells and whistles many posters have wanted in 1 pre-amp. Including full 48v phantom power - and powered by 110v not 9v. It doesn't look like anyone in the US carries this yet - I called Mark at Gollihur and asked him to look into it. I'm hoping some of the techies here can comment on what looks like a very interesting pre. I'm thinking that just running this into a powered speaker might be the ticket.