DAC vs Pre?

I moved in October and I am just now getting the gear reconnected.

I finally tried running with the DAC and excluding the preamp but the Dynamics and soundstage seemed thin Added the McCormack TLC mid stream and the listening experience seems to have improved. Why might that be?

See first snapshot in systems… SO happy to have it powered up and filling the room with music after six months.

Welcome jimgayton. glad to see you’re up and running again.

To help answer your question as to WHY? As BHK would say…there is no answer, but it’s true.
watch this video and you’ll see…

hope this helps.

cheers, tj-sully