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MBL Owners: The "Why" Behind Our Choices and the Search for the Ultimate "Wow" Factor
Well, I don't have any MBL, but my story is just what you're looking for. Many years ago at AXPONA in Jacksonville, FL I was checking out the audio rooms. I had been to quite a few as I started at the top floor and worked my way down. One room on ... 
Belles preamplifiers -- experiences at different levels?
I have owned a VT-01 preamp and tried a few different tubes. It was OK, but nowhere near the resolution of my Benchmark HPA4. But then that's probably the tubes vs. solid state debate, and I don't wish to open that can of worms.  
Bryston BP-17 cubed or Benchmrk LA4 Preamp
The Benchmark HPA4 preamp is the LA4 preamp with a great headphone amp inside. It is a fantastic piece.  
Use of Y connector rather than passive preamp
There are some inexpensive passive preamps that accept more than one input. I think Schiit has one, and also look for a used Tortuga as they come with remotes.  
One DAC to Rule it All
@mirolab  You're right. My Benchmark preamp will not work to control both the mains and subs. Luckily my Auralic G1 server has software volume (32 bit) and works really well through my iPad. As you say I will be just "messing around" with this se... 
One DAC to Rule it All
Well, my subs were originally Velodyne DD15', but over time both plate amps broke down and even the one I got repaired broke again. That was it for me, so I opened them up and ran the driver wire to some banana jacks that I installed on the plate ... 
One DAC to Rule it All
My subs are 15" drivers in a 3 ft^3 sealed box. They are powered by a Crown 2500 amp, and the drivers are 4 Ohm. My listening room is large because my home is an open floor plan and the system is in the living room.  I'm going to the Tampa hi-fi ... 
One DAC to Rule it All
That's what I was thinking. Why use the OKTO at all if the DBX can accept an AES/EBU signal from my streamer. That way I will only have one conversion, but I will have to use the 32 bit volume control in my Auralic G1 instead of my Benchmark HP4 p... 
One DAC to Rule it All
I also want to thank everyone for sending in their thoughts. I suppose dipping my toe into the digital realm more than once is considered blasphemy in home audio, but I am getting very enjoyable sound. I am considering the DEQX route as their inte... 
One DAC to Rule it All
Convoluted? It's really nothing more than an active crossover (in digital form) splitting the signal between my mains and subs at 100Hz. I realize I could send the full range signal to my main speakers, and just use the DBX to the subs, but as I s... 
One DAC to Rule it All
I had been doing it the "old fashioned" way until I got the DBX. I found a great improvement upon sending only 100 Hz and up (48db/oct.) to my main speakers (Reference 3A NEFES II), and just below 100 Hz to the subs (same slope). I wasn't expectin... 
One DAC to Rule it All
This isn't a simple cable swap. It would mean a lot of rewiring to go back and fourth. I was hoping there would be a consensus as to which way would be better.  
The Unmeasurable Aspects of High-End Audio – PS Audio
We should give this unknown "ether" a name like Dark Energy. No one knows what it is, but they mostly agree that something is there.  
Streamer/DAC/Crossover Combo
There are many server/DAC units, but I haven't seen any with digital crossovers as well. It's a cool idea to do the crossover while the signal is in it's original digital. About the only thing that comes to mind is the DEQX Pre-mate, but I don't t... 
DAC/Streamer/PreAmp
I asked this question a few days ago on this thread, but got no response.  I think it's an important point that needs to be discussed. On a Streamer/DAC unit what format does the streamer hand off the signal to the DAC. Is it USB, SPDIF or someth...