Bad idea! The DL III does not have a volume control. If you plug this into an input without volume control you will send full voltage to your speakers. This would be the same as turning the volume all the way up on the integrated. Do you think your speakers (or maybe even the integrated) will survive this? Absolutely use the built-in pre. As for the hard sound of the DL III (non-modified), it’s been a long time since I had one but I don’t recall it sounded hard at all. Perhaps something else in your system is the cause of this?
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