Originally Posted by Dizzy
Well at the moment I'm seeking preamp specifically, not EQ modules attached to it - I have other equipment that handles my analog EQ needs. I'm just looking for the best 1073 type-ish preamp for my setup, what's going to give me that clean silky smooth but coloured sound that's not in a 'dirty way'.
Kind of shooting out towards the MA5 or the BAE 1073mp. If I get the MA5 I'll have to buy a rack unit for it, so price wise it'll even out to be about the same either way I go. Just want to know which one is less harsh, has that silky smooth but fat sound without any 'dirt'.
the best thing you could do is to ask your dealer to send you the MA5 and the BAE and then decide.. your ears will be the judge..
The MA5 is more "detailed" (while retaining the sweetness), the BAE IMHO is somehow "softer" ...
BAE is intended to be a clone, the MA5 is not, is Avedis take on that topology, it's his design.. he really went deep (very deep) designing the MA5 but was never meant to be a clone.
it's hard to describe sonics sometimes (and it's also quite personal)..
None of these two preamps is harsh, by any mean.. reading what you're looking for you might favor the BAE though..
both of these are excellent pieces, very well made, you can't go wrong with these two!
Aurora Audio also makes excellent stuff, which shares that family sound without being a clone, but probably out of your budget, because of the 2 channel unit (I guess..).
<<<<< (fwiw below my avatar there's the link to my MA5 review, in the GS review section).
I hope this helps,