In my system (BAT tube preamp and amp), no question that the preamp sound is better for me than direct from Directsteam to amp. I have a question:
The volume control on my preamp goes from 0 to 100. I can run the Directstream at 100 and the preamp at 20 or the directstream at 50 and the preamp at 75. I know it doesn’t matter to the output from the directstream whether i set it at 100 or 50 but is there an optimal amount to allow through to the preamp? Is it better to have the preamp volume setting lower or higher or is there an optimal amount?? I know with an amp you like to leave as much headroom as possible for congested passages. Does the same hold true for a preamp or doesn’t it matter?