Originally Posted by FnSquirrel
But upon reading everything about these two many have said "You need to listen to different preamps using your voice to see which one you like best." MY QUESTION IS where can i go to try things like this out? Is this even possible?
Pretty simple actually... you establish a relationship with a supplier for them, then have them sent to your studio for you to audition on your own time / on the material you work on most.
You take a good few weeks with them - get used to what they will and won't do best - then return the unused portion for a full refund. After a while, if you establish a good working relationship with a company that can provide a good selection of said products - you might actually be able to get a worthwhile recommendation or two.
Anything you hear on anything else but a production in which you're directly involved is total and complete bullshit. The only way to judge these tools is on your music, in your room, and over a good period of time.