Sontronics has announced the Chimera hybrid preamp ($1,399), a single-channel preamp/DI box. The Chimera has two discrete circuits; flick a switch to choose between the solid-state amplifier or the valve preamp.
The unit features all analog inputs and outputs (balanced XLR/jack on the front and back of the unit); controls for a line/mic/48V input selector, a variable highpass filter, three-stage attenuation, phase, mode select, and master output level; a near-linear frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz; and more. It's available as a desktop unit with an option rack kit.
The Chimera will be available in March 2008 from Sontronics.