I extensively A/B'd the AAC with and without ext pre-amp, primarily Klyne series 7 and CTC Blowtorch. I preferred the sound directly driving the amps (Tenors) with the AAC to either pre-amp. More body and bloom, pinpoint placement of instruments with a holographic sense of space. I realize the shortcomings of the volume pot on the AAC and hope ( and have heard) this has been addresed in the mk 11 soon to hit the streets. That notwithstanding, I still prefer the sound without a pre. To my ear, using a pre-amp was the best of hi-fi sound: without pre-amp was music. Go Leafs!
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