I use a Creek with my 600s but haven't heard current Quad line.
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Thanks Stanwal, Tom,
What I´ve noticed these last days is that the Rega Ear sounds actually much better, less hollow in the middles with the Rega Planet CD player. I was using it before with the Quad 99 CD player. Perhaps the problem was that the Quad favors the middles, which are the strenght of the Quad amps.
Passive preamps- that´s just what I am getting into now. I just purchased a pair of Quad 12L actives, and apparently I would need a passive preamp between it and the CD player.
I use the 99 amp (and I also own the Quad 909 amp)with my Harbeth C7 speakers and also own Spendor s3/5 speakers and had 988s on long term loan.
I specifically like my headphone set-up because of its "similarity' to the Quad/Harbeth speakers- I use the Benchmark DAC1 as my headphone amp (as well as source) with Beyerdynamic DT 880 and AKG 701 headphones (The Beyers are closer to my speaker sound.)
Obviously the DAC1 is more than you may need, but in any event this was the solution I devised for myself. (As CD was my only source in my audio room, I ran the DAC1 directly to the Quad amps.)
Thank you. This is really useful. I had noticed the Benchmark DAC a while ago. I am glad to have somebody´s take on them. I am tempted to consider getting it because I just received my new Quad 12L Actives --I am SO impressed-- and it looks like the DAC can go straight to your active monitors, without having to use a preamp. That way I could have a backup preamp.
What´s amazing of these active speakers is that it´s like you were quad-amping so to say. Each speaker bi-amped. I am totally converted now to the benefits of bi-amping.
These speakers are awesome.