The mon outs will keep the volume control out of the way, so it's more convenient. Otherwise, if you use the pre outs you have to manually set the volume each time to avoid overloading the X30.
Let's say I just wanted to listen to the X30 directly, wouldn't I just switch to one of my analog inputs? Is there an advantage to using the monitor "in" in that way?That way you can listen to the phono stage of Belles Aria directly or from the X30 output during recording.
If I decide I like my Yamaha's phonostage better, would I set it up as TT>Yamaha>Belles Analog in?If you connect the Yamaha 'REC OUT' to Belles Analog in, it bypass the Yamaha line stage altogether.
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?