How to check my preamp for a DC leak


After posting in a previous thread about my amp cutting out every now and then, it was suggested to me that mu preamp may have a DC leak.

I bought myself a multimeter, but I'm not sure how to check for a DC leak. Would anyone be able to tell me where the leads should be connected, and whether I need signal coming into the pre to test for this?
I'll be interested to hear the explaination as well. Almost sounds like a snipe hunt, but I'm sure there's an explaination.
Disconnect your RCA output leads and if you have XLR output leads disconnect them too. Place the leads of your multi meter on the RCA output connectors and measure for DC volts. Then do the same to the XLR output connectors if you have them. On the XLR connectors measure Pin 2 (+ signal) and Pin 1 (Signal Grd) then Pin 3 (- signal) and Pin1. Ideally it should be O volts or a few millivolts. Anything larger may damage to your speakers particularly if your amp is DC coupled.
I'll add that the preamp should be on when you make the test, but with no signal playing.

It also might be worth checking your source players for DC leaks. Depending on the preamp design, there is the possibility the preamp is fine but is passing DC originating elsewhere.
Thanks for the explanation. If this cutting out is only happening intermittently (e.g. every few hours or so), should I be able to measure elevated DC levels at all times, or only when the unit is causing a problem in my system?
Any thoughts on my last question? If anyone knows the answer to this, it would be much appreciated!
Intermittent problems are among the hardest to run down. It could be an issue of a bad capacitor that only misbehaves when it charges to a certain point. Or it could be temperature related or tied to the type of signal. Cold solder joints are also suspect in this type of situation.

I'd measure for DC under all conditions - when it sounds OK and when it is misbehaving. There's a more than fair chance this is going to take some bench testing by a a good electronics tech.