I recently purchased a Pass Labs XA30.8 power stage and an XP-12 for my Klipsch Cornwalls and I love the combination, it has never sounded this liquid, smooth and dimensional.
The thing is, I’m not entirely convinced with the XP-12. I’d like to find a preamp that sounds warmer.
I’m testing my dCS BArtok directly to the XA30.8 and the truth is that you hear more detail, openness and dynamics. With the XP-12 it sounds a bit warmer and brighter but loses detail and dynamics.
Can anyone recommend a tube preamp that is a bit warm but doesn’t lose the detail, resilience and dynamics of the Bartok?
The other idea is to sell the Bartok and buy a Rossini. This I have not tested yet.
PS: English is not my mother tongue. Excuse me if you don’t understand me very well.