I will do some calculations also, as it might be a better idea to roll my own pres after all. Or a single fantastic 8ch pre with a 24 diy-ed ones..... Then I'll keep Cemal's pres in mind for the 8ch !!!!Thanks again, and feel free to post more !
I've wrestled with this perception about console preamps that are often underrated because of where they are, not what they are.
Ah, but that was 1999; we don't party like that any more.
Quote from: JohnRoberts on August 20, 2015, 12:34:08 PMI've wrestled with this perception about console preamps that are often underrated because of where they are, not what they are. Read this wisdom and believe it.The fertile soil of nagging doubt is where the seeds of marketing and reassurance of high price grow their most profitable fruit.All those "fabulous" records of the 1970's that everyone's trying to recreate? What outboard preamps were they using?Not a single one. Back in those days, the fallacy of the inability to make a decent recording without a "candy-store" of esoteric outboard preamps hadn't been invented, and engineers just used nice preamps. -I appreciate that this thread is about just getting exactly that, but "my fuse is easily lit" when it comes to preamp discussions these days. -There's so much nonsense that gets repeated.On the subkect of SL617 and SL615, they use Jensen transformers, and they're nice and all... but the 9K is 'better' by some significant margin, if you value linearity, low noise, low distortion and exquisite clarity. -Anyone who suggests that the SL615 is the greatest preamp they ever built simply doesn't know what they're talking about. It's that simple. (Helterbelter is only repeating what others are saying, but I write this as a caution to STOP listening to those people who say that. -I mean it!)The 9K is a great home-build; comparable to the True Precision 8, but it may exceed your budget, plus there's the hassle of building it. The Expat Eden is similarly excellent, but once again, there's hassle in making a case, etc.The Octopre is adequate... As are most small console pres. -I think the suggestion to get a small, unregarded console and just use the pres may be a good one. Certainly, most people will sniff at the idea of using a console pre "because it can't be any good... -It's in a console!" and then go and pay for an octopre which isn't really any better.The Audient ASP880 is actually a decent preamp. Dave Dearden's products historically have generally been of an impressively high performance standard, at a price that isn't silly. -Itmay be a little outside your price range new, but if you see one used within your price range, I say jump on it like a half-starved Chihuahua on a half-eaten pork chop.