I've made a ton of improvements on my system over the past 6 months and i'm now ready to begin looking at a new preamp. This will be added to my combined HT/2-channel system, so i'm looking for a pre-amp with an HT bypass (unity gain) in order to integrate it with my existing system. I'll probably purchase this in about a month.
I'm looking to spend between $700-1000. When I started building this system I had an Adcom GFP-750 in the back of my mind because of a lot of good things i'd heard about it. But I don't know if it'd be good enough or if I need to go a bit better?
My current thought (which seems to change daily) is to first get a good 2-channel pre-amp to integrate with my system in order to improve CD's, and then sometime afterwards upgrade my AVR with a good pre/pro.
If anyone has any good arguments for instead replacing my pre/pro first, i'd like to hear them. My first priority though is improving the sound of 2-channel CD's. HT sounds just fine right now to me. I *do* play some SACD's as well, and they of course would not benefit from a 2-channel pre. But they sound pretty good as-is so my first priority is still CD's.
So anyone have any specific models that I should be looking at?
Thanks a bunch.