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The most hi fi pre amp.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bryan bailey, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. What's the most hi fi sounding pre amp for under 500, that would be fairly easy to find.

    I'm looking for a clean pre. I have an SVP, so I have all the tube grit I could ever want, and I'm going to get a Schroeder cab sometime after christmas, and I have a PLX, and with the new pre and the schroeder, I could have a nice hi fi rig, and I can switch back and forth from the SVP and the new one. Plenty of tones.

    So any suggestions?
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    SWR Grand Prix
    You can also get Demeter preamps in that range used, they're less common though.
  3. Nightbass


    May 1, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Avalon U5. With the EQ bypass, it's literally flat from 20-20K. $400 used.

    Bass pres that are primarly solid-state (like the Grand Prix) will be close to flat, but they will still have some coloration. Plus the choice of tubes will color the tone some. I have tried dozens of tube pres and can't really think of any that are truly flat (at that price point).

    The Lowend True-Voice preamp, which I haven't tried yet, will be audiophile flat, and should meet your price point as well.
  4. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    ding, ding, ding!!!
  5. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    What about BBE's BMax, in the SS variety?
  6. Millennia STT-1 Origin.... :D
  7. For $500? Where. Please elaborate.
  8. Nowhere, just playing. ;)
  9. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    good call
  10. prockenklang


    May 22, 2003
    Millennia STT-1 or Millennia TD-1
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Avalon U5 is the only one I'm aware of in that price range.

    BTW GC was blowing out Millennias for $399 last week.

  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    At this point, just use a DI.
  13. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Bryan, sounds like we have a similar set up. I run a QSC PLX 1202 into a Bergantino HT112. I use an Avalon U5 for my preamp/DI. Most of my gigs call for a nice, clean, "hi-fi" type of sound. Hard to beat the Avalon. When I need a more nasty tone,I add a SansAmp BDDI.

    I used to have an SWR Grand Prix and a Demeter. I ike the Avalon better.
  14. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    I've owned just about all of them and the Raven Labs USIP is the most hi fi preamp I've ever used.
  15. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    but hey, bernie's avatar reminds me, remember that AJ gear on a budget thread? how 'bout a nice FMR "Really Nice Preamp"? the seem to go for about $475 or so. hifi to a fault. :smug:
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Avalon U5.
  17. wyliee


    Jul 6, 2003
    South Hill, WA
    Not to hijack this thread, but what power amp and cabinet(s) did you pair up with the USIP?
  18. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    Crest and Bergantino.
  19. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    How about Glockenklang?
  20. Hmm, the DI thing sounds nice.

    But I would prefer something rack mounted, but I do plan on getting a BDDI. And I have an SVP, so I plenty of tones.