I’m looking for a preamp I can use for listening to Roon and to my turntable. The Roon partner website is so laborious to use, I’m afraid I might miss some options, so I thought I would ask for recommendations. Here’s what I’m looking for on a preamp:
RAAT input, either directly or through an external device (e.g. asynchronous USB input from a Roon bridge SBC)
Roon can control volume and inputs while playing from RAAT source (I.e, not just when playing through Chromecast or Airplay)
Physical volume knob
Input selection on unit (buttons, knob, etc.)
One or more analog inputs (I have an external phono preamp, so phono input isn’t required.)
Remote volume control (IR or IP) for use while listening to vinyl.
Under $3000 USD
Thanks for any recommendations you can give!
I’ll personally keep the digital completely out of the preamplifier (pure analog pre + streamer/dac);
Yo can take a look at these:
TEAC UD-505 (USB DAC Preamplifier) and/or NT-505 (USB DAC Network). There is also a newer model (505-X).
What amplifier will the preamp be driving?
@David_Snyder I don’t have one yet, but my plan is to buy an amp from the same manufacturer as the preamp I choose.
In that case maybe consider an integrated amp?
I have one of these for living room duty.
It’s fed Roon via a CCA into an analog input but it does have USB input so can take a feed from a good streamer or Roon bridge.
The internal DAC is pretty decent, I feed spdif from the universal disc player into it.
Very neat, compact and surprisingly powerful and very flexible.
3 analog inputs, subwoofer outputs, full DAC ( 24/192).
And very fair price.