Whats ThePre I hear you ask. Its my latest project to (hopefully) improve on my existing NACish 72 PreAmp.
The NAIM NAC72 (upon which my PreAmp is based) is a fantastic Pre, even by todays standards but has one major failing for those of advancing years. No remote control. There is little free space inside a 72's case so it would need a total rebuild. Yes, I could replace it with a 282, 252 or even a 552 but at an ever increasing cost and all of them have facilities and features I would never use. All I need is 4 or 5 inputs and a volume control.
You can buy 'remote control' modules on Auction Sites, mainly from China. Most say they have an 'Alps Blue' but at the stated cost quality has to be questionable, and even a genuine 'Blue' is not as good as the non remote controllable Noble I already have. Others have 'ladder resistors' but again at what quality. What I want is a quality package that can easily be added to NAC 72 based boards.
TKD make a fantastic sounding remote controllable Potentiometer, and HiFiCollective make a modular Remote control system that works perfectly with the TKD
So with that the idea started to become reality.
Why not? I had the space where the bling badge was removed so I needed something classy looking to fill the space. I am not putting NAIM on the box, cos it ain't NAIM.