If it passes the 'initial' sound test - no horrible speaker-blowing noise, or no/very low sound - if yes, then listen and enjoy. If YOU are happy with it, well there you go.
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The level of a tape out signal is constant - not affected by volume control. Lets say for example you have an Integrated amp and a tuner. The amp has a tape loop. Then lets say you want to add a subwoofer. The Tape output for all practical purposes follows the input - in this case the Tuner. You could Not use the Tape Out for the Subwoofer, because the signal level is constant. When you turn up or down the volume on the amp, the tape output stays the same. It has to because it is designed to drive a tape recorder input which needs constant signal level independent of the volume control.
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Thanks Joeylawn. I actually knew that much. I'm wondering about the effect of the ss pre's circuitry and/or wire, switches, etc, on the signal from my sources before it gets to the tube pre. If it's basically a source selector and otherwise has the effect of a slightly longer interconnect, then fine. if it amplifies or conditions the signal in any significant way, then maybe not fine.
That sounds normal. What you are looking for is a "tape out" type output on the Tube Pre, or some other send that sends at the full -10db like a tape out would (which, unfortunately it doesn't have). I suspect that your headphone amp has it's own volume control, so it's expecting a hot input, like a tape out. If you turn the volume up all the way on the tube pre, it will be close, if not the same, as the tape out would have, so you could just turn it up all the way to drive your headphone amp and it should be fine. I thought I read that that Yaqin can be used as a pre or just a phono-stage, but I don't know how you switch it, unless turning the volume up all the way bypasses the whole volume control circuit (which I hope it does, because I ordered one just to use as a phono stage and not as a pre with volume control.) I would check the documentation on the pre if it came with any and see if they have a suggestion.