Thanks Cdrc, for the response and confidence. I sold the pre though. I wasn't sure if it was what was needed or possibly spkr. cables.
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Would adding a pre back into the system eliminate some extreme glare? Jerryaudio
No but it could mask it, and if it masks it, it will no doubt mask other things as well such as your new found detail.
Your experiment was a good one going direct from your Bel Canto 2.5 into your amp, as you say you have more detail, but what that's also unveiled is the hardness that something else has. This could be the amp, speakers or a even very live room. This is where you should look to cure the problem, not just throw a preamp into it that may mask it and the detail as well.
Jerry - I'm wondering if a Cardas 300B Microtwin IC in place of the Harmonic Tech Magic Link would help. Can often be found used and much less expensive to explore than a new pre-amp. I found this cable very musical and good for taking the edge off a very resolving but sometimes harsh CDP. After settling in, it did not seem slow or congested to my ear. I'm trying a Cardas Parsec IC now but am not yet sure I prefer it to the Microtwin. I'm still fighting too much gain but that's another issue.
No but it could mask it, and if it masks it, it will no doubt mask other things as well such as your new found detail.Why not just buy a boom box? If a boom box has poor SQ, getting an amp, speakers, cables ... is not MASKING a problem but ONLY adding a preamp is?
I don't really understand why Cdrc would go out of his way to attack a designer/company who believes in pre-amps while suggesting to add one back in, but so be it... as others have pointed out, he is correct that the only real option is to start swapping out components/cables and see what happens.
I have not tried them, but a common recommendation when dealing with cables is to try the Cable Company since they have used wires and will give you a nice home trial (http://www.thecableco.com/).
Thanks for all the input. I believe that what I have now is revealing a) a weak link or b)may be that the thinness from just a dac may be causing the amp to strain at the higher volume required to get some sort of body into the music. I hope anyway. I hope the addition of another preamp will provide the substance I'm missing. I'll see soon.
What you describe is the fundamental crux(dilemma) of this recurrent topic.
The fullness, substance, body, dynamics and tonal density (flesh on the
bone) aspects that many listeners cite with the addition of an active
Either you'll view it as simply added coloration and not true to the source.
You will view its addition as vital music information that completes the
sonic signal otherwise missing without the active preamp.
That's your individual call to make.
As this and previous threads have demonstrated, there are passionate
advocates on both sides.