It's been awhile, so hello to all my Polk friends. Steve, I'll call you.
Anyway, my system took a direct static electricity hit and now I have no left channel. I'm fairly sure it's the preamp because the amp seems to operate normally, i.e. there's no buzzing, humming, feedback, etc. Just a silent left channel, save for the SDA drivers.
I have been well served by an Audio Alchemy DLC (Digital Line Controller) for a long time. I'm concerned that due to the somewhat specialized nature of the piece it may be difficult to repair and I've read in several places that Dusty of Channel Islands Audio won't mess with the old Audio Alchemy stuff anymore.
That being said, should I still look into repairing it or just move and save it for a rainy day project? I've been wanting a new preamp so that I could go balanced from my Cambridge Azur 840 CDP all the way to the Cary CAD-200. I had explored a few options and the most affordable ones to have balanced and bi-amp capability were the Bel Cant Pre2 and the Wyred for Sound STP.
I was planning to acoustic treatments but what's the point if your system doesn't function properly? If I go for the Bel Canto, I can still afford treatments, if I go W4S, I will have to put off the treats for longer still.
If you have any other ideas, I'm all ears.