’ and wait till he switches from an input with HT bypass/unity gain to a regular input’
That’s been fixed so his pre probably would not have exhibited that.
a.it hasn’t been fixed properly. It does turn down the volume but it is a split second of loud noise and I suspect the review sample might have been a few months old (may even be older than mine)
b. I was referring to the Ayre KX-R volume control which as I said clicks on every indent so switching from an HT input to a regular one, you hear a very loud series of clicks (internal)
The Stereophile reviewer and, IIRC, at least one other had been driving his amps directly from the DS DAC. I suspect there are quite a few people out there who set up their systems this way (unlike old fogies like me who have always used a preamp and always will). For them it’s a serious question, “Why should I spend money on an additional component that I wouldn’t expect to improve the sound?” Getting them to part with cash affects PSA’s bottom line as well as being an interesting question in itself (as Paul himself has discussed here). I’m sure comparisons with other good preamps will come and will be interesting to read, no question.
I understand that - but the BHK preamp needs to be pitted against the best in class. If this had been with another more seasoned reviewer (like the one who had the Dartzeel pre/power combo and reviewed the BHK300s for instance), it would have been a much more edifying comparison.
I was really looking forward to a follow up to his review of the BHK300s because all the criticisms he had when using the Dartzeel pre (with a single ended connection) would have been addressed with using the BHK pre