I had been using one of my headphone amps as a preamp for my power amps, but after getting my new headphone amp, I quickly realized all of the major shortcomings of the other, both as a headamp, and as a pre. The new amp won't allow for a pre-out, so I can't simply use it to feed the power amps, so I'm after a new dedicated preamp.
So, for those of you that run speakers, do you have any preamp recommendations? They'll be feeding a pair of Dynaco Mk III running the stock driver board setup, so input impedance is likely fairly low, meaning I'll need a pre with a low out, but beyond that, I'm pretty open here.
I'm thinking solid state, primarily due to size, heat, and general cost of maintenance, but if priced right, tubes may be worthy of consideration (though their output impedance is likely high for my needs here). On the subject of price, I'm thinking a few hundred dollars (US) right now, but given the lack of direction I have at the moment, I may be up for stretching that a bit if needed. Old or new (fairly likely to try to track down something used either way), I'm really just after direction at the moment. I can wait on this for sure, but I have no idea what I'm after, so I'm hoping to get a little guidance.