$3K used balanced I/O preamp suggestions


I'd appreciate suggestions for a stereo preamp with balanced and single-ended I/O. My budget is circa $3K used. There's so much out there that I'll never be able to listen to, so I hope to benefit from others' experience. Gotta have remote control.

The preamp will be used with two sources: a Teac VRDS-25X (optimized as a transport with a kit from ASE-Audiotuning in Germany) feeding a Lavry Black DA10 DAC and a modded Luxman T-117 tuner. Until I decide which I prefer, I am switching back and forth between two different amps: a B.A.T. VK-200 and a (relatively unknown) MC2 MC750. I also use two different pairs of speakers, both of which I plan on keeping and both of which are high-sensitivity coaxial designs: Tannoy System 15 DMT II and Iconic 704-8A in DIY "Stonehenge V" cabinets with custom crossovers.

I'm currently using a Meitner PA-6i with the John Wright "Plus" upgrade and custom balanced outputs. I am very partial to this preamp, but it lacks the transparency and dynamics of my Bryston BP-26. Except for a slighly flabby bass and that "tube rush", I also really like another preamp that I have--the Wyetech Coral linestage--but I find it loses something when I use it, as I have to, with RCA-to-XLR adaptors on the power amp inputs.

The Bryston BP-26MC in my other system I am happy with and it may be that for what I can afford, I should just get another one. But--of course!-- I'm wondering if I can get the same transparency, dynamics and black noise floor with perhaps a more holographic presentation and a slightly "richer" sound.

I'm considering the following, though for some I may have to keep saving for awhile and sell some of my other gear.

Ayre K-1xe--seems to be highly regarded, but used prices are circa $4.5K.
ARC LS25 MI II--but requires at least 20K input impedance on the power amp which would rule out my MC2 power amp, which has the standard pro audio 10K impedance.
Krell KRC-HC with or without phono stage--but it's a 10-12 year old design that might be no more satisfying than the BP-26 and could require expensive service in the not to distant future.
BAT VK-31SE--but quite a few posters describe it as somewhat rolling off the high frequencies.

So...if you can compare any of these preamps with the Bryston BP-26 or the Wyetech Coral or can recommend any others, I'd very much appreciate your comments.

And thanks for wading through this long post!

Regards,

Joel.
dr_joe
sorry, meant to say above 50se + your vk200 will be a killer combo for 3k...
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