I am a proud and very happy owner of the DS senior and have been flirting with buying the M700s for a while now.
My current set-up is:
2 channel sources into the DS DAC and the DS into my Roksan K3 integrated amp.
Surround sound sources into my Marantz SR7010, which in turn drives the Front R&L speakers via the HT Bypass inputs on the Roksan K3.
This works a dream as the HT Bypass from the Pre-Outs on the Marantz means the Marantz controls the volume of all speakers for surround sound and effectively treats the Roksan as a power amp.
Now if I buy the M700s then I know the DS DAC should work well directly into the M700s. And I’ve read that the jury is out on whether the DS DAC is better with a Pre-Amp or not. But the M700s only have one set of inputs so I’m unable to hook the Marantz’s Pre-Outs to the M700 at the same time as the DS is connected.
Two options seem to be either a speaker selector switch like the Beresford. Or a Pre-Amplifier that has HT Bypass.
I’m not convinced with the idea of a speaker switch, though that might be the cheaper way to go. But then buying a pre-amp to effectively bypass it’s functions and just enable multiple inputs seems odd.
The likes of the Parasound Halo P5 seems like an option.
Does anyone have experience of doing anything similar here with the M700s or S300?
Any guidance on pre-amps that go well with the M700/S300 in general?
Or any recommendations on how I could implement the M700s without losing my easy surround sound capability that I currently enjoy.
Thanks in advance,