Going direct vs preamp


#1

I am currently playing on an $18000 preamp. There is much more meat on the bone now. The body has returned.

To sum it up I am now playing music opposed to listening for sounds…


#2

I’m going direct sort of. That is after the Direct Steam my signal goes to my BSG Qol then to my Pass Labs Amp. The Qol has a higher output. Awesome combo, awesome sound.


#3

For my center channel I am using a Decware (a $600 device) tube gainstage behind the Directstream.

http://www.decware.com/newsite/zstage.html

I do it strictly for the gain, but it would be interesting to insert it in the mains signal part and see if it improves SQ over DS direct.


#4

PWD (1&2) - with a pre (PassLabs x1)

DS - directly to PassLabs x250

Cabling - MIT Oracle 3.2, 3.1 (balanced)


#5
edorr said For my center channel I am using a Decware (a $600 device) tube gainstage behind the Directstream.

http://www.decware.com/newsite/zstage.html

I do it strictly for the gain, but it would be interesting to insert it in the mains signal part and see if it improves SQ over DS direct.


That is a great little unit.

I have often seen it used with littlw 8-12w amps that need a little more push.

This could be a good solution for any DS owner who hesitates to install or does not need a multi-input preamp.