Excellent condition Dared MC-7P tube preamp. 4 units, one with a phono stage, two outputs. All single ended. Comes with upgraded tubes as well as original Chinese tubes and a couple extra random power tubes I've acquired.
Beautiful warm, detailed sound. I've recently upgraded to a separate phono stage, so I switched to a preamp without a built in phono stage.
Favorably reviewed by 6 Moons – here:
Here are excerpts of the Six Moons Audio reviews:
Dared's MC-7P offers the best value tube preamp with MM phono stage and remote control for $1,000. Dared somehow has never been too active in North America and many reviewers would be hesitant to recommend their products, fearing it would cheapen their image. But I trust my ears and have no image to lose. Price aside, this is one of the most original, striking looking preamps extant. Just when we begin to get tired of high-tech robotic tube rings or low-tech tube cages, Dared dares us with gold-plated solid brass tube capsules that weigh 7oz. each and individually shield the four 12AT7 and 12AX7 tubes
"this preamp emits admirably low background noise. In fact, the MM phono stage is as quiet as some standalone solid-state counterparts like my Ensemble PhonoMaster for instance. Simply replacing the factory Shuguang 5Z3P rectifier tube with an RCA 5U5G improves the dynamic range as it does audible extension. Roll a few NOS 12AT7 and 12AX7 - this is definitely the best-value tube preamp money can buy."
Specifications:FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10-30KHz (�0.5dB)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO: 93dB
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO (MM): -75dBMM GAIN: 39dB
POWER SUPPLY: 110V or 240/60Hz,
SIZE: L340 x W290 x H160
WEIGHT: 12 KGs
Four of the tubes (everything that is not part of the power supply) are protected by 18k gold plated tube shields to minimize interference. These help keep the preamp extremely quiet.
The box behind the tubes houses two large power transformers – one for high DC voltage and one for the lower voltage tube heaters. This configuration is another high quality design element that helps keep this pre-amp quiet.
Unit comes with wooden volume remote control, tungsol current production signal tubes, various upgraded power tubes and a set of stock tubes, stock power cord and remote control. Unit will be shipped in original shipping box with original foam inserts.
Unit is almost perfect, slight swirling on chrome finish makes it an 8