Perreaux has been making some really great products without the big price tags like some other brands. The SA3 here is our affectionately coined “baby Goldmund” preamp. You might mistake it as a Goldmund with a quick glance but its built quality is on par with that of Goldmund. Soundwise, it has a very clean, neutral and transparent sound. Some may find it too analytical but if you have a good source unit and a warm sounding amp, everything will come to play nicely. For under $400, the phono stage alone is worth every penny but as a complete preamp, its a steal! Input impedance for both MM and MC is 47 kOhm.
Cosmetically, the unit is in fine shape. Some scuff marks here and there and a couple of nicks on the knobs but nothing major. The plastic housing around the “SOURCE” input button is missing a side edge. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping.