I'm currently using my Yamaha RX-V1300 pre-outs for two channel stereo (breaking in some new LSi 9s). I am considering upgrading this status to a seperate pre-amp. From what I've been reading on some other forums, the pre-amp stage is very critical to the sound reproduction. A seperate pre-amp will sound better than a receiver pre-amp. My system sounds pretty good right now but I want to spoil myself if I can. Upgraditis bigtime.
I'm posting this so that perhaps I don't make a mistake in my purchase because this trial and error thing can be very expensive (as I've already learned).
I've been eying the NAD C160 which is a great match for my NAD C270 power amp. Others on this forum love this pre-amp.
Here are my choices and prices I can get them for:
NAD C160 factory refurbished $449.
Adcom GFP-710 new $499.
B&K PT5 new $547 (with am/fm tuner)
The Adcom I hear has a very neutral to warm sound. Something I'm looking for because I have rather "harsh" acoustics in my living room with ceramic tile floor.
B&K I hear and read superb things from them, but the PT5 has a S/N ratio of only 89 db. The NAD and Adcom are over 100 db S/N.
Can I really go wrong with any of these?