Just get the smallest Schitt preamp, it costs around $400, and it will provide the volume control you need.
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it’s only that I am afraid of potentially introducing a weak link - preamp in this case - as I am sure it’s opening a can of worms as to which preamp is better etc.I wouldn’t worry so much about the Schiit preamp as between it and the R2R DAC it’s your speakers that would likely be the weakest link at that point. Add an Aegir amp with a pair of Silverline Minuet Supreme Plus speakers and you’re in a whole new league IMHO. And you’re right — you’re opening a can of worms here.
@soix being an old post - thought I should share how the office set up paned out. Ended up selling OPPO 105 and the KRK Rokit (possibly the 2 weakest links). Current set up for office (15x8) room.
HP dedicated laptop running Roon Core
Metrum Onyx DAC
Croft Integrated amplifier
Harbeth P3esr speakers
Still to add: Kimber Kable TC8 speaker cable or another less expense brand (need 30 feet of wire)
Upgrade to better IC - currently using Morrow Audio MA2
Couldn't be happier with the revamp. Sounds amazing.