Best Full-Function Preamplifier

Consulting the collective wisdom on the best preamp with built in phonostage (MM/MC). DAC not required but OK if it has one. Below $20K retail. Must be a no compromise solution--outstanding linestage and a flexible, great sounding phonostage that would not make you wish you had separates. Thoughts?


EAR 912 is excellent. Seconded observation (possibly in my future). Very  spacious, open sound and excellent phono stage. Not too many tubes (Atmosphere using 16 tubes, mid-spec Mullard AT7s-that’s expensive and how many hours do they last in it, in an EAR 912-10,000 hours probably, very long time).

@dentdog May I ask which Supratek preamp you are using and which amp you have mated it with? I am waiting on my Supratek Grange Signature to be built currently...

Accuphase was mentioned above. Unfortunately they dropped excellent 2400 series. Thus I recommend to get on used market and purchase their previous model - C-2450 with AD-2900 phono plugin. Currently made C-2300 model is lower range unit, and C-2900 is much more expensive and lack tone controls. Import it directly from Japan to get reasonable price.


My unit is technically a Chardonnay, having wanted a 6SN7 unit. I did however request  upgrading all the essential parts to max it out. Added about 1K to the stock price. Had it built specifically match a pair of Audiopax M 100s and due to the low 18db gain of the amps, and the high input voltage required  2.5 V, Mick was all to happy to match me up.

Also Mick has a go to repair guy who loves in the states. Believe his name is Slade, could be mistaken.