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    Quote Originally Posted by 853guy View Post
    The first one is what the US distro of Berning uses and recommends with the Berning.

    That is also Garykoh's favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    Steve, I'm sure what you meant to say was 'I've not heard a great sounding solid state preamp....yet'....right?
    Right. I guess I need to design one....

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    Luxman C-900u ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGabriel View Post
    I am using the GG into the Constellation Virgo II into a Berning ZOTL40 with great results. (...)
    I hosted the Virgo III in my system and can easily second your recommendation - surely a reference SS preamplifier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empirical Audio View Post
    There are no great SS preamps IMO. Get good tubes if you can afford them, class-A operation if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo75 View Post
    The first one is what the US distro of Berning uses and recommends with the Berning.

    That is also Garykoh's favorite.
    If we are talking about this kind of money then the VRE-1C would be the pick. They offer a silver wired version for big bucks.

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    The Trinity pre amp will be a good match with the Quad Z. Maintaining the same purity and speed .
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    Thanks for the ideas guys - I'll report back.

    Also have a Nagra Jazz on demo at the moment.

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    I’m a dealer so take this as you will, but the Hegel P30 competes with any SS preamp I’ve heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rblnr View Post
    I’m a dealer so take this as you will, but the Hegel P30 competes with any SS preamp I’ve heard.
    Heihei, the Hegel is one that I also thought you might want to try. I was mighty impressed with their DAC/Pre in a shootout that we just hosted at our factory. We had the TotalDAC and the Lampizator on hand so it wasn’t going up against light weights.
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