Get a clean used Krell KCT preamp and hook them together with a pair of Krell Cast interconnects. You won't be disappointed. This is one heck of a combo. I owned it and shouldn't have given it up.
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I doubt it, unless the output of the Levinson 30.5 DAC is less than 3 volts. But then....that wouldn't be the fault of the Placette, more the fault of the Krell, and it's input sensitivity (2.71 vrms).
Still, If you don't mind spending a good sum of money...an active will sound better (even Placette makes an active, and says it sounds better than the passive unit).
IMO, the Placette passives compare well at around $2,500 and below...or any other good passive for that matter.
The Krell's low sensitivity is offset by the 400W. 100Kohm input impedance is good too.
The Levinson DAC will double the output voltage to 4 if you can use the XLR connections. It also has an incredibly low 5.5 ohm output impedance which is great for passives.
Why are you running that huge amp with those tiny speakers? If you're looking for a bigger sound, you might want to try bigger speakers.
Your Placette passive is a fine product. TALK WITH GUY HAMEL about the ACTIVE model. They rarely show up used.
The active also has no gain, but is designed to have 100% performance when the volume is turned down. This is where all passive preamps are not going to work as well.
Almost no one needs gain. There is plenty of volume in the system. The active is a great preamp. It is better than any I have heard. My system is DCS, Goldmund and this "moderately" priced ACTIVE PLACETTE preamp is as good as it gets. If you want flavored sound then look somewhere else. Enjoy