Proceed Pre balanced input and rca output?

Will this work if i ran balanced cables from cd to input on pre, but my amp only has rca, so use rca output on pre to amp? not sure if it would get a signal.
It will work fine if the appropriate connections are available.

Would I lose any quality picked up from the cd player to the preamp when I went rca from preamp to amp?
Can of worms. IMHO, no under ordinary conditions. Others will take issue with it.