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RE: Do tube preamps add or take away dynamics

There is signal degeneration with every device a signal needs to pass through. A poor analogy would be water passing though a hose. You sill get your water, but some is left behind in the hose. Or mixing the batter for a cake, you can never get all the batter out of the bowl. In cable TV/ satellite TV terms. The signal degrades every time it passes through a splitter, or a surround system receiver ( caps, resistors ) etc. Sorry, can't think of a better analogy at the moment.

I remember Cal Audio Labs manufactured a cd player with volume controls. It completely eliminated the need for a preamp. With all the A/B demos I did, no preamp sounded as good with the Cal, as the Cal did simply hooked up to the amp.

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