So, my Belles came yesterday, and I hooked it up. I like it a lot so far. It was a demo, so it is broken in, but it has been in storage for about 6 months, so the dealer said it might take a day or two to open up. It sounds good now, but I’m not thrilled with the phonostage compared to my Yamaha C-4, so I put that back into the chain. Now it’s is all magic to my ears. Now I have a new dilemma. Right now I have the following chain: TT>Yamaha phono in, Yamaha pre out>Belles Mon in. If I want to listen to my Cocktail audio X30, should I go analog out from that to a line in on the Belles, or would it be better to have the Yamaha go into a line in, and the X30 do the mon. in? In other words, where do I want the fixed volume, coming from the preamp or from the X30?