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Pre-Amps-If you have and amp with it's own volume control and multiple inputs, what is the point?

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by HiFiJeff, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. HiFiJeff

    HiFiJeff Well-Known Member

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    I know my own reasoning for using my dac as a pre-amp as well, it's simply convenience for volume control with a remote and multiple inputs. But what are some of the other major benefits of having a pre-amp? And more so, why have an active pre-amp? Unless you are trying to alter the sound? Which I guess in some cases that's good because of speakers and room acoustics. I don't know, I think lately I have been getting too much into trying to build my system that I have gotten away from my own rule. KISS Keep It Stupid Simple.
    I remember one of my best sounding systems was ridiculously simple. Source-amp-speakers.
    It was a cd player,to a Decware SE84UFO to my Omega SUPER 3XRS's. Sound was sublime.
     

     

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  2. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    Active avoids situations in which the source output is too low to reach desired playback levels.

    If an amp has multiple inputs and a VC then it is usually an integrated amp. Preamps are needed with power amps. Listening via a great preamp with appropriate speaker and power amp is the best answer to your title question.
     
  3. UncleBingo

    UncleBingo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Preamp may have different input impedance that better matches your source (resulting in more linear frequency response). Input sensitivity of some power amps might require padding a hot signal.
     

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