Forgot to mention - my preference is to use the DAC1 as preamp. When I have Marantz be the preamp the sound quantity goes south. Thanks again
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Thank you for your quick response. Obvious question: will there be a sound degradation of any sort? Also, what do audiophiles do to handle dedicated listening and HT. Not everyone is blessed to have a separate listening room and a home theater. I possibly could not be the first person to run into this issue. Thanks again.
I think any sort of switcher will degrade signal purity and sound quality since it has to go through another circuitry.
You will need to get an analog stereo preamp that has HT bypass input. And you can run your Benchmark DAC1 directly to the stereo analog preamp, and run the front LR channels pre-outs of your Marantz HT processor to the HT bypass input on the stereo analog preamp thus bypassing the volume control on the stereo preamp when using your Marantz HT processor for surround sound movie playbacks. And simply connect the stereo analog preamp to your Simaudio power amp for your front LR speakers.
I think any sort of switcher will degrade signal purity and sound quality since it has to go through another circuitry.@caphill, There’s a switching circuitry in the analog preamp for HT bypass!
DAC1 > analog preamp input selector > volume control > HT bypass switcher > analog preamp output > power amp
The shortest direct path is always better no doubt. But purchasing another piece of equipment (analog stereo preamp) may not sit well with my wife and the DAC1 works really well with the Simaudio W5.
Hate to sell my DAC - will play around with the jumper setting inside my DAC while in the calibrated mode and go through the Marantz pre to see if the sound improves.