I do so on occasion when I am wanting to do critical listening of my vinyl collection; otherwise it is most times connected to my preamp/processor for convenience with other sources. When fed directly to amp, it is much quieter and somewhat more resolving than otherwise, I'm guessing due to the lower noise floor. For a standalone phono stage with volume control, it is most excellent. I sold my first unit to experiment with HT only to experience sellers regret. I finally re-acquired another new unit when PS was having them on sale for $699. It is a keeper now!
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