I have an old NAD 3155 integrated that I am impressed with, but it does not have a remote and it is not quite what I am looking for as far as sound goes
Can you explain that a little more ?
What I mean is, being that the Squeezebox 3 has in internal volume control/preamp built in, could I not use it as the preamp and just get a high quality amp? Or does it make more sense to still get a preamp and use my NAD 3155 integrated as just an amp? Keep in mind that I want to use what I have if possible (Squeezebox 3 and NAD 3155 integrated amp), and upgrade to either an amp OR preamp, not both, for the best possible sound on a budget.
I hope that makes more sense.
Just a word of warning; It's a software volume control, on the SB3. Software has bugs. My SB3 has spiked up the volume without any warning as result of me hitting the pause or even the Off button (!) several times. At 100% volume, connected directly to power amp, it could damage your speakers.
That's why I'm still in the look for a good preamp (considering a passive one).
Basically you put an attenuator in and of the size that prevents blowing up your speaker at max volume. The Transporter is very easy to set attenuation. I have a SB as well but haven't looked in detail at attenuating it but it should be not too difficult. Of course you can always buy some well-built but inefficient speakers. These would be pretty hard to blow up.
Thanks for all your responses. I agree with R1_jazz's response, I came to the conclustion that it is too risky to run directly from the SB3 because of the glitches in the volume control, which would risk blowing the speakers with a high-powered amp. I am going to go with a pre-amp instead and play it safe.