audio horizons-Unhappy & Why

Needing a tube preamp! gonna pull the trigger on a Audio Horizons 2.1 preamp. Audiophiles, one final oppertunity to change my mind and steer me elsewhere, all the discussions have lauded the Audio Horizons 2.1, anyone having an opposite opinion and why. Price < $3k
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For about $1K NOS Upscale and Audio Advispor you can still pick up the AE-3 a Cary sub brand. It uses a rectifier in the mkII and a pair 6SN7s. They are the least expensive tube and easiest to roll. It has remote but only rca inputs and no phono.
The one thing it does superbly is image like mad. It's really a great little pre. If you want a phono then you have to use a seperate phono stage. That might be a deal breaker for you.
The used ones are less than $500 bucks mine is a mark I no remote cost me $300 used here and couldn't be more pleased. I found that it responds very well to using different tubes but they all sound good just some are better than good.
I'm very happy with Audio Horizons. I use the tube pre-amp and the tube DAC. Generally, as you see from the chat threads, users love the products. There are exceptions to the rule, such as Tvad, but they are the exception.

Since there is a home audition program, I think you should take advantage of it. In more than 1000 posts, and across several threads, comments about the home audition have expressed satisfaction, even those who may have chosen a different pre-amp ultimately.

One thing about this thread that I do regret is that someone who reads the title but not the thread may get the mistaken impression that you are saying that you are unhappy with Audio Horizons, and why. Maybe you can correct that situation?
I also thought about the poor use of wording in the OP thread. It does seem to give an initial impression that he already doesn't like it. Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing other viewpoints. In the over 1000 post thread, Victor mentioned when someone asked him that the average return of preamp demos was about 10%.
Well he does say try to steer him away from the Audio Horizons, no reason given. He asks specifically for alternatives to think about.
I am not commenting on how good or bad it sounds.
He is suffering having to make major decision. Perhaps your reassurances is all he needs. I simply told him of the pleasure I now have.