Thank you Pmotz! Actually, I have read thru’ these links at the time, but was frustrated when I couldn’t find them quickly enough now and so I took the easy way out and started a new thread. [I need to build up more experience wrt searching within forums].
I found quite a few very interesting remarks:
Paul mentioned that: “…isolating the DAC from cables and power amplifiers can often benefit sound more than the slight degradation presented by a preamp … Whatever the cause, it’s clear to me that placing a BHK between DirectStream and the amplifier is waaaay better than straight in”.
This makes a lot of sense, but at the same time one wonders:- What if one’s power and balanced cables are doing an extraordinary good job of isolation and all the other “good characteristics” required from cables in the 1st place?
Then there was the remark from Ted: “Given a particular amp the DS could be designed so that you probably wouldn’t want a preamp – and similarly given the DS an amp could be designed so you probably don’t want a preamp, but in real life, as all things in audiophile land, you’ll need to listen for yourself to different setups and make up your own mind.”
Actually, I am in a position where I can “listen and make up my own mind”, as I currently have the DS; BHK Pre and a pair of BHK 300’s [all connected to a P10] driving a pair of Vivid Giya 1 Spirits. The only reasons why I haven’t done so already, is because of:-
(a) Time: The equipment / stand with shelves is heavy … I need help and a full afternoon/evening.
(b) Cables: Ideally one should have two identical sets of balanced interconnects. At the moment I have a pair of 1M PSA Transcend Silver between DAC and PRE; and then the Vivid manufacturer kindly lend me a pair of 2M Atlas Asimi XLR’s to try out between PRE and 300’s.
But, the Atlas cables cost the same as the BHK Pre, and I know I’ll only be happy with two identical sets …
Anyhow, I’ll follow Ted’s advice and listen for myself. For now I only have the one pair of Atlas’s; so I’ll hook up the DS straight; but I’ll get a second pair in the next few weeks [Philip from Vivid has indicated he can lend me a second pair …].
In the meantime I’m already enjoying excellent sound, thanks to all at PSA.