Preamp Deal of the Century

If anyone is looking for a true "World Class" preamp at a very fair price..heed my advice. I just recieved a Supratek Syrah preamp that was hand built by Mick Maloney in Western Australia, and it is absolutely beautiful! This preamp is the best deal you will ever find. I would put it up against any preamp out there for both looks and sound. Price? $2500 for the Syrah (includes Killer Phono stage). Not into phono? Try the Chardonney line stage for $2100. Don't get me wrong, I am not associated with this company. I am just a very happy owner! This preamp is VERY dynamic, yet liquid. It conveys the sound of music better than any other preamp that I have ever heard! You can check out the Supratek website at www.


I guess my rambling can be compared to the one-hand-clapping koan, which I am still trying to fathom. Koans and mathematical puzzles have never been my strong suit, but neither has playing a musical instrument or a host of other endeavors, like choosing really musically satisfying components that play together in a very synergistic fashion.

I am still fumbling around trying to figure out whether the Supratek is right for me. There's no doubt that it's made a lot of people happy on this b-board. But there's the cost to consider, $5,000 for the Cortese, the hot ticket that has captured my fancy. And then there is the support and warranty issues. If Mick decides he has had enough with smelling solder all day and has grown weary of handling silver wires hour after hour, then what will someone like me do, a bloke who plans to keep his unit running until hell freezes over, when a wire falls out of position or a resister sheds its mortal coil? It's all ambiguous, if you know what I mean?

Then there is the issue of tube rolling. Like a koan in itself, the term still evades my full comprehension. (Thank god we don't have to roll capacitors!)

So you see it's a metal exercise for me as I try to figure out if the Cortese will find a new home in my small house. Until then, I feel a need to finish reading the rest of the postings here to better understand the Supratek, and maybe myself.
Jyprez, I think most of us got the point that Artar was giving his impressions of these two preamps after "reading" the posts in this thread. He simply was presenting a synopsis which succinctly described the differences between these two units.

Too bad you didn't get it!
Artar's response to reading this thread should also say something about the interest and opinions collected here over the years.......this is a "good" thing, no?

I've finally just a received a pair of Sylvania 6F6G tubes for the regulator and have had the system with the Sauvignon (Cortese Line Stage) running for around 2 hours now.

The Verdict: The system has not yet blown up, which is a good sign. The sound is little beefier, with certain instruments being brought out a little more. The extra deep bass maybe just a little too deep with the Ken Rads also plugged into the pre-amp. I suppose a more comprehensive listening test, with adaquate break-in time may make a difference.

Rectifier: Mullard GZ34
Regulator: Sylvania 6F6G with green letters
6SN7 : Ken Rad VT-231 Black Glass

Any thoughts as to this combination ? The Tung Sol Round Plates might make a better combination with the 6F6G. Although having said that, the Tung Sols are almost impossible to acquire here in Australia.

I came to the same conclusion on the 6F6G and the Ken-Rad combo in my Syrah. The bass did seem overly strong. I am using the Tung-Sol round plates with the 6F6G and find this to be a very pleasing combo. Bass is still strong and powerful, but it does not overwhelm the mids and highs. Deep strong bass is definitly a charactaristic of the 6F6G.

Looks like we broke 1000 posts. I was away on vacation, so I missed the 1000 mile marker.