The right preamp for a Mark Levinson 333

flez007

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I am using a Symphonic Line Integrated as a preamp for my ML-333, and thinking to use it for a second system and get a matching preamp from the following available options:

1.- Mark Levinson 38s (I had a 38 some years back to pair my ML20.6 but sounded dull, I heard that 38s does not have those issues)



2.- Mark Levinson 26



3.- Mark Levinson 28



4.- Mark Levinson ML7 with L1 and L2 cards





They are roughly at the same price right now.
 
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Does Mark Levinson not make a pre that is of the same series, designed for use with that amp? I would think that would naturally be the best choice?

Tim
 

flez007

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It is the 390 Tim, hard to find it used and beyond my reach at the moment, I want to spend 2,500 max this time.
 

DaveyF

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I was using the 38S with mine before I went with the CAT and it sounded great!
I think Bruce may be onto something.....how about a CAT? As you know, I am a VERY BIG fan of the CAT preamp. IMHO, it is far superior to any ML Pre that i have ever heard. You should be able to get a used one in your budget.
 

mep

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I think Bruce may be onto something.....how about a CAT? As you know, I am a VERY BIG fan of the CAT preamp. IMHO, it is far superior to any ML Pre that i have ever heard. You should be able to get a used one in your budget.
Uh Davey, I think he wants a ML preamp to go with his ML amp. You switched brands and technologies. I know you love your CAT preamp, but come on man.
 

flez007

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Tim left me thinking... I am not in a rush to get a preamp, I am currently being served by the Symphonic Line and sounds amazingly well IMO, and no rush to build a second... well third system :) .. so...

I will wait and get a preamp that will stay longer... that might include a non-Levinson preamp search like a CAT (which I also like a lot), a First Sound or a recent ML (380s or the like).

Wooow, feels good avoiding unnecessary spending !!! :)
 
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The ML380s was significantly better than the ML38 - if you are considering used ML preamplifiers this is the one to look after. IMHO the choice of the preamplifier will depend on the sources you own or want to own. From my experience ML preamplifiers were critical about the digital sources - the ML 31 -30 series was a perfect match. However with some CD players the ML380S sounded "mechanical" and too electronic. The ARC REF series of preamplifiers was also a perfect match for the ML333.
 

JackD201

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Had the 380S with the 360S and 331s and 431s. My vote goes to the No32. Yes I am evil!

Seriously, I'd go with the 380S among the models in the provided suspect line up even for the remote alone. I would keep my eye out for a No.32 with a Phono Board though.
 
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Tim left me thinking... I am not in a rush to get a preamp, I am currently being served by the Symphonic Line and sounds amazingly well IMO, and no rush to build a second... well third system :) .. so...
Sorry, didn't mean to encourage you to over-spend, but I'm a believer in engineered synergy.

Tim
 

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