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To Jeff Fritz,

Did you end up keeping the Vitus Audio MP-L201 preamplifier from TWBAS 2012? How do you rate the preamp? If not, I would be interested in knowing which preamp you are currently using as a reference. Happy 2013.

Arshad

I did not keep any of the Vitus Audio equipment from TWBAS 2012. It is certainly fine equipment for those who can afford the price. My reference preamplifier, and simply the best I’ve yet heard in my system, is the Ayre KX-R. It is, at $18,500, the finest electronic component I’ve ever owned and is indispensable in my system. I would gladly put the Ayre up against the priciest Soulution or DarTZeel units -- two fine brands that make great preamps -- any day. Many people own the KX-R preamp and know how spectacular it is, but there are a number of audiophiles who shop in the stratosphere and would not consider the Ayre, due to its "reasonable" price. After all, preamps that cost north of $50,000 must be better, right?

If you want to hear one of the best preamps on the market at what is a relative bargain, go and hear the Ayre KX-R, or better yet, arrange to borrow one for your system. I think you’ll be shocked at what you hear (or, more accurately, what you don’t hear!). Please do let me know if you have any other questions and what you choose to buy. . . . Jeff Fritz