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RE: With a digital source, why preamps at all?

Some details follow.

Digital: a Rotel CDP as the bitstream source into an anti-jitter filter and on to an AVA FET-Valve DAC.

Phono: SOTA Sapphire TT/SME Series V arm/AT OC9 LOMC.

FWIW, a dealer I did business with called the digital chain "reference". To be fair, this was several years ago and digital definitely continues to improve. JMO, digital still has a way to go, before it catches up with 1st class analog.

BTW, that LP has been and remains my CD "killer". Again, fairness requires me to state that recording quality frequently is more important than any particular technology. A well done CD beats a crappy LP and L_RD knows plenty of crappy LPs were pressed. ASMoF/Marriner and a very competent recording crew did a SUPERB job on "The Queen". "Maria Theresa" on the flip side is excellent too.

Eli D.


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