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Old 20th August 2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default A preamp with the Simple SE?

Is there an advantage to use a preamp like the Simple 5687 (diyparadise - Simple 5687-based preamp) with the Simple SE?
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Old 20th August 2010, 10:03 PM   #2
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The SSE has plenty of gain in most configs, so a preamp isn't really needed for that unless your source is unusually low. The other reason a preamp is helpful is drive, especially is you want a separate volume control.
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Old 21st August 2010, 03:33 AM   #3
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Default I like mine with a preamp.

I use a Mapletree 2A SE that uses 6sn7's. I like it better than the Hong Kong ebay special SMD attenuator ($25). I would like to hear what other people use. glas-ware has a nice kit attenuator I will try to put together soon.
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Old 28th August 2010, 07:11 PM   #4
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I have an old 2-chassis Anthem Pre-1 that is ok, so I built the Simple SE with a 12bh7a driver tube (much less gain) and no volume control... this works well. Eventually I will build a preamp and sell the Anthem, but I am sold on the drive and musicality of an active preamp, I tried the SimpleSE with and without (using foobar's volume control which I know is a handicap), and I do prefer the sound with a preamp.

However, with the stock 12at7 I think you will have too much gain in most cases.
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