Is there a high quality (but not exotic) preamp, current or past model, which would do the trick?Two stereo preamp with an universal remote control?
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Imhiffan, thank you for your suggestion. This approach would require Y splitters and double input selections which I prefer to avoid.
robr45, thank you for your suggestion as well. Sound quality is the #1 consideration. I am trying to chart a "succession path" for the Denon as it is the oldest component in the system (other than the JBL's), and also achieve a more optimal preamp solution (where the $$ and space are dedicated to preamp functionality). I will certainly consider your home theater unit suggestion, although I would prefer a simpler audio-centric 2-zone preamp, if it exists...
If you do any music streaming, you may want to look into Bluesound products. Not a preamp per se but they have provisions for multi room playback and allow preamp-like features via their mobile app. If you could forego the independent volume control, many preamps have two outputs to connect to two separate amplifiers. Or, you could insert a passive preamp with a volume control between one of the outputs and the amplifier to control the volume separately. Schiit Sys ($49) is one cheap solution.
Hi kalali, thank you for your input! Funny you should mention Blusound... I do have a Node 2 which I use to stream Spotify and which is feeding into one of the Denon's analog inputs, alongside a SACD player, a turntable, and an old Squeezebox Duet (for Pandora). I am not sure how a Bluesound product would figure into this setup.Due to the different gains and sound characteristics of the two amp/speaker sub-systems, independent remote volume control is essential (think of it as mixing). The issue with a passive preamp is that it can only attenuate, not boost volume, and I need the flexibility to attenuate or boost on the fly either sub-system.
Not trying to be difficult... ;-) there is a long personal story behind this crazy setup which is beyond the scope of this forum... Thanks again!
... and a couple follow up questions: Looking for example at a NAD NAD C 165BEE, would it be the 'Tape Out' or the 'Tape Monitor Out' jacks I would use to route the signal out from this one to the second preamp?And which source input jacks would you use on the second preamp (except of course phono) or does it matter? Thanks!!
NAD C 165BEE, would it be the 'Tape Out' or the 'Tape Monitor Out' jacks I would use to route the signal out from this one to the second preamp?Yes, you can use either.
which source input jacks would you use on the second preamp (except of course phono) or does it matter?No, it doesn't matter.
Just make sure both preamp not using same remote control code.