Pre Amp to pair with EWA M50

I’ve managed to pick up the EWA M50 Power amp.. which is great.. currently paired with a Tube pre amp (Eastern Electric Avant) everything sounds fab.. except the pre amp has started to pick up the local radio station.. It’s not even decent music... so it’s become a problem.

This goes away when I switch over to an old SS pre amp I have knocking about.. so it’s definitely the tube pre.. 

I guess I’m pre amp shopping.. with very little funds. Any recommendations? Would a passive pre be ok with the M50? Any advice or recommendations appreciated.. 

cheers Steve

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  • Hi Steve,
    I don't have a lot of experience with pre-amps.
    For a long time I used a PC (soundcard) straight into one of Colin's Class A power amps and it worked fine (so no external preamp hardware at all), so a passive pre- could be fine.
    More recently I got me a Xonar Essence One Muses Edition all-in-one DAC and preamp for a strangely low price, which is be-au-ti-ful.
  • Docfoster said:
    Hi Steve,
    I don't have a lot of experience with pre-amps.
    For a long time I used a PC (soundcard) straight into one of Colin's Class A power amps and it worked fine (so no external preamp hardware at all), so a passive pre- could be fine.
    More recently I got me a Xonar Essence One Muses Edition all-in-one DAC and preamp for a strangely low price, which is be-au-ti-ful.
    Thanks.. Might try the passive route.. seems the cheapest option for me at the min..  👍🏻👍🏻
  • Hi Steve

    I have been using NVA passive amps with the ID25 I got from Ben with great results. The NVA P90 is a dual mono with stepped attenuators and although you have to crank it up it really lets the amp do its stuff. However am looking to try a SECA pre at some stage in the future,

  • The besterest choice is an M-50 P preamplifier, but they cost over two grand. I'm still saving for one.

    The current Q-20 pre is actually brilliant, a step up from the excellent older TQ listen which @uglymusic uses. If you can find either, you could be sorted for life. 👍 I know someone happily using a EWA Q-20 P with an M-100.

    Older Magnum can sometimes be found, and with mods they are very good with a pure SECA line stage. You best consult with Colin first though, as many Magnum were awful after he left. Not as detailed as the newer Wonfor kit either. I still have a Wonfor modified one in my workshop going unused.

    Passives do work fine, even better if Colin modifies your amplifier input to suit one. All his power amps are actually designed for an appropriate active stage. We have an EWA Q-20-P coming in for inspection and sale soon. It's a demo model, in a silver chassis but fully up to current spec (I actually had my eye on it). A new black one is £650 and this silver one will be £400.

    If you or anyone else is interested, best contact me via the ABCaudio webshop as I don't get email notifications from 'Chews.


  • Thanks for the feedback.. :)
    29mile said:
    Hi Steve

    I have been using NVA passive amps with the ID25 I got from Ben with great results. The NVA P90 is a dual mono with stepped attenuators and although you have to crank it up it really lets the amp do its stuff. However am looking to try a SECA pre at some stage in the future,


  • Thanks Alan.. really appreciate that :)
    Alan said:
    The besterest choice is an M-50 P preamplifier, but they cost over two grand. I'm still saving for one.

    The current Q-20 pre is actually brilliant, a step up from the excellent older TQ listen which @uglymusic uses. If you can find either, you could be sorted for life. 👍 I know someone happily using a EWA Q-20 P with an M-100.

    Older Magnum can sometimes be found, and with mods they are very good with a pure SECA line stage. You best consult with Colin first though, as many Magnum were awful after he left. Not as detailed as the newer Wonfor kit either. I still have a Wonfor modified one in my workshop going unused.

    Passives do work fine, even better if Colin modifies your amplifier input to suit one. All his power amps are actually designed for an appropriate active stage. We have an EWA Q-20-P coming in for inspection and sale soon. It's a demo model, in a silver chassis but fully up to current spec (I actually had my eye on it). A new black one is £650 and this silver one will be £400.

    If you or anyone else is interested, best contact me via the ABCaudio webshop as I don't get email notifications from 'Chews.



  • Alan said:
    The besterest choice is an M-50 P preamplifier, but they cost over two grand. I'm still saving for one.

    The current Q-20 pre is actually brilliant, a step up from the excellent older TQ listen which @uglymusic uses. If you can find either, you could be sorted for life. 👍 I know someone happily using a EWA Q-20 P with an M-100.

    Older Magnum can sometimes be found, and with mods they are very good with a pure SECA line stage. You best consult with Colin first though, as many Magnum were awful after he left. Not as detailed as the newer Wonfor kit either. I still have a Wonfor modified one in my workshop going unused.

    Passives do work fine, even better if Colin modifies your amplifier input to suit one. All his power amps are actually designed for an appropriate active stage. We have an EWA Q-20-P coming in for inspection and sale soon. It's a demo model, in a silver chassis but fully up to current spec (I actually had my eye on it). A new black one is £650 and this silver one will be £400.

    If you or anyone else is interested, best contact me via the ABCaudio webshop as I don't get email notifications from 'Chews.


    £400 for the silver one will be a bargain for someone. 
  • I have it, oh I have one poo back to the Oberon

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