Is there any Streamer/DAC/Preamp good enough to replace a dedicated standalone preamp?
I am getting into digital music server, considering a streamer/DAC/preamp unit like the the Brooklyn Bridge or Teac NT-505. Has anyone compared its Preamp section against a good dedicated preamp? I currently have the Conrad Johnson ACT2 and see if I can eliminate a component/cable in the chain without much sacrifice in sound quality.
I have the PS Audio DSD. I though I might get away with eliminating a component and I was wrong. It's preamp stage will not match the CJ. It is fine and is better than entry level preamps but won't hold up against a really good one. .