I’ve acquired a new Directstream Jr on approval and have been enjoying it alot to say the least for the week or so that I’ve had it. The rest of the system is Aesthetix Janus & Aesthetix Calypso (presently unhooked from the system), a Pass Labs X150.8 and Thiel 2.8 speakers. I have been using the Janus which includes a phonostage and although I have a nice VPI turntable rig I find myself not using it much. SO, I finally switched the preamp out altogether and am running the Direcstream Jr directly into the Pass labs power amp and am finding I LIKE IT BETTER than running it through the VERY FINE Aesthetix preamp. One other reason (apart from the phonostage which I can probably do without as digital as gotten, well less digital) is the presence of tape loop on the Janus which is use to feed a fab Woo Audio headphone tube amp which then feeds my Beyerdynamic Tesla-1 headphones.
Does anyone else find they prefer using the variable gain out of their directstream better than ANY PREAMP regardless of make or model?
I can live without the phono stage but I can’t really without the headphone option (which I use primarily for late night listening). The tube headphone amp is single-ended, but I’ve read NOT to connect both single ended and balanced outputs on the direcstream simultaneously…IS THAT CORRECT? Is my only option to just disconnect the balanced connectors between the Direcstream and the power amp and reconnect the single ended cables to the Woo Audio piece when I elect to listen via headphones?
Thoughts, ideas comments?