i have used the origonal decco as a preamp as well as the emotiva usp-1 preamp/musical fidelity vdac with my emotiva xpa-2 amp. i prefer the emotiva preamp with it's bass management and phono section but the decco is fine too. maybe a better tube would improve it? the new deccos offer a better dac and pre i think plus you have some flexibility options. plus ipod dock option. i still use the decco as a integrated and when playing musical chairs with my gear. i,d guess there are many other really good ways to go but they both have advantages. some reviewers have said the decco sounds soft and very laidback.
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