why not try it direct for a few days to a week and see which way you like better.
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The usual problem that you run into is that most DAC/CD players have **way** too much output. The result is that you can usually clip the amp at volume settings well below maximum from the digital source- which will cause *serious* loss of resolution.
As a result, you often get better results with an active line stage. I advise that you try direct for a while; if you can keep the volume control over about 85% of full volume you will probably be OK.
I know this thread is old so perhaps this is not of interest to you any longer but I have DCS Puccini, ayre k5xe, ayre mxr and wilson audio Sasha w/p. I sent my K5xe in for upgrade and I have been listening to DCS direct to ayre mx-r. The sound is much better through the ayre k5xe than direct to amps. Bigger soundstage, better dynamics and more life like sound. I can't wait of the MP upgrade.