Backert Labs Rhumba preamp


Hello,
I am thinking of going to an active line stage for sometime now. I have a separate thread for that and people have suggested some good choices. The reason for this thread if that, while I have all along said that  don't want tubes in the system, a few have convinced me that I should try tubes in the system, especially with ProAcs.
With that said, I researched a few tube preamps, that have XLR out and the Backert Labs Rhumba is the one that has only 2 tubes, which makes me comfortable to "deal in tubes".

I would like to hear from Backert Labs Rhumba owners who moved from Solid State preamplification to this preamp. What are the differences you heard? Any improvements?

I read a review on the Stevehoffman forum and the user mentioned that there is a "hum" in this preamp. This bothers me and hence I decided to check on this forum, if anyone has experienced this with the Rhumba in their system. One poster on this forum also confirmed the "hiss":
https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/backert-preamps-any-users

So I was wondering, if there are any users who have recently purchased this preamp and what is their experience with the hum/hiss issue.

BTW, I blame Ralph of Atma-Sphere, Almarg  and my dealer for making me consider tube amps :-) Can't believe I am creating this thread.

Thanks!
128x128milpai
Since I know Andy really well, and sorta know Ralph as a former customer, I won't go on in any detail here, but wanted to point out that it's pretty cool that both the Backert & Atma-Sphere gear is voiced by performing (in Andy's case -- professional) musicians. That may not matter to you, but I think it's cool and perhaps relevant. Cheers,
Spencer
@sbank Thanks- I often wonder what people mean when they use the word 'voice' in that manner. I've often interpreted as some sort of tonality? - but it could mean something else. FWIW we don't do anything to compensate our circuits for bandwidth, and while we do listen to the gear of course, we don't do that until we've optimized for least distortion and maximum headroom.

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@sbank ,Thank You for the reference. It does help to know this detail because reviewers have a different expectations than designers.
@atmasphere Ralph, when I said "voice" I certainly wasn't implying that you are doing anything to taint the signal, but rather that when listening and developing designs your judgements are coming from a musician's perspective. For example, trying different types of wire and making choices of what sounds most realistic.
I have heard stories from Andy at Backert such as "we spent the day listening to impact of ten different capacitors". 
Glad you guys do that so we can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Cheers, 
Spencer 
With the original Rhumba 1.1 you needed to reverse the speaker polarity and the XLR were not truly balanced. The current model, Rhumba 1.2, both of these design issues have been changed. With the Rhumba 1.2 you do not need to reverse the polarity at your speakers and the XLR line in is now balanced. The Rhumba's sound is very transparent, detailed and dynamic. You can fine tune the final sound of your system by tube rolling, which is a lot of fun. It's ability to create a wide and deep sound stage is second to none. I really am 100% satisfied with the Rhumba 1.2 preamplifier. It is a line stage, there is no phone stage. The unit does have a HT pass through, which is a great feature for people who plan on using this in their multi-channel set up, and the preamplifier has a second pair of line outs so you could run dual subs along with your main speakers if you choose to. I cannot say enough positives about the preamplifier.