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    Default Recommend tube preamp: Cary slp98, CJ-pv15 or Audio Research sp16L

    Need recommendations from people who have heard these models or something similar. I'm looking to spend $1k-$2k used within the next 6 months. Needs to be tube pre with remote.

    Next year my B&K amp will be on the chopping block and I'll be upgrading to a better sounding SS amp to match the rest of my rig.
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    Check out the flea market. There's a killer deal on a CJ pre with HT bypass & a remote there now! :D
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    PM Doro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    Check out the flea market. There's a killer deal on a CJ pre with HT bypass & a remote there now! :D

    Yes, I saw that and would jump on it in a heart beat, but don't have the cash yet. I'm giving myself 6 months or less to save up for it. I'm tapped out on credit.

    How do you think it would compare to the Cary or AR ?

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    I have the Cary...and it is an outstanding Pre...

    That CJ would be a nice choice also...

    If you get the Cary, opt for the F1 version
    Cary SLP-98L F1 DC Pre Amp (Jag Blue)
    Parasound HCA-3500
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    Beardog,
    Tell me what you like about your Cary Pre. Have you heard the CJ? and if so what are the differences between the two. Thanks for any input.

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    The Cary SLP-98 F1 is a mental benchmark for me and I currently own a Audio Research SP-16L. The AR is a smoking pre-amp but the Cary has the edge in high-end clarity to me. The AR has a better ass. That's with stock tubes, no rolling BS, face value.

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