Are you able to completely bypass the preamp in your HK, or does it work like a pass through? Also, what are your options available to demo some preamps?
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Are there any dealers where you can demo some preamps? Its good that you want to upgrade your preamp for better sound, but you have to be careful. Its the most important piece to get right, and because of this, its the one component that will make or break the system. Take your time and don't rush into anything. I can tell you for certain, you can get good results with both tube and solid state. Focus on getting the one that sounds best to you, and not force yourself to buy based on a certain type of design.
I will be using this preamp to feed the power amp section of a Harman Kardon hk990
Danoroo, hate to be the bearer of bad news but looking at this your HK990 intergrated doesn't have poweramp inputs, just preamp outputs.
According to the owner's manual, the unbalanced input labeled "processor" connects directly to the HK990's power amp section. Can't I connect a preamp there? I've never owned separates before, so is there anything else I need to be aware of such as impedance matching or gain comparability?
One review of the Emotiva XSP-1 states that this preamp should be used with power amps with an input impedance of at least 10 KOhms. I looked at all the specs on my HK 990 but saw no reference to that specific spec. How can I know that the Emotiva XSP-1 is fully compatible with my HK, if in fact it turns out that I can connect a preamp to it at all? My apologies for all these elementary questions but the realm of separates is completely new to me. Thanks for both your patience and input.
"Can't I connect a preamp there?"
Maybe?????, though it's odd it should be grouped in with all the source inputs, and not by itself like the preamp output.
And it's just a stereo amp why name it processor input, instead of being by itself and labelled poweramp input.
Before spending bucks on a preamp I would sus this out first.
Here is the exact text used in the manual when referring to the processor input:
"PROCESSOR Analog Inputs. These Inputs
go directly to the power amplifier section
of the HK 990, bypassing the Volume and
Tone Control. Here you can connect the
Front Channel Pre Out L+R signals from an
external surround processor, to benefit from
the superior power of the HK 990 and control
volume from the processor. NOTE: Only use
the Processor Input with a device that has its
own volume control! "
I’m late to the discussion but I am looking to hook up a Cambridge 851D to my HK990.
I contacted Harman Kardon and Cambridge Audio to find out if these components are compatible before purchasing the 851D. Still waiting for a response from HK but here is the response I received from Cambridge Audio…
"You can totally connect the Cambridge Audio Azur 851D to the Harman Kardon HK990. You can do that in several ways. You could use a digital input on the HK, but the best connection you have available would be to use the XLR output connectors on the back of the Cambridge into the HK XLR input. If you don’t have anything hooked to those on the HK you can expect some amazing sound with those hooked ups."