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Old 8th September 2009, 12:27 PM   #51
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Interesting Debate.

I have had a Sony XA7ES for many years now. It has extensive power supplies,variable unbalanced and fixed balanced outputs and an excellent output stage.

I have now tried 7 different good quality preamps including 2 valve pres with this player feeding AKSA 100N+ and more recently completed Aussie Amps nxV300 monoblock power amps. I have also tried a passive approach.

In every case after extensive listening I have ended up preferring the SQ via direct connection of the CDP to the amps. I now only use a pre for phono when using the turntable (Project Perspective).

A switching box would be handy and I suspect that many prefer preamps because of the quality/drive ability of CDP outputs are not up the standards of the rest of their system. I eagerly await Aussie Amps new DAC to try with the Sony. I also gather Audio Note DAC kits are good (but quite expensive). The latest issue of Aus Silicon Chip magazine also has an interesting DAC Project.
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Old 8th September 2009, 01:23 PM   #52
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I have ended up preferring the SQ via direct connection of the CDP to the amps.
How do you adjust volume?
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Old 8th September 2009, 05:24 PM   #53
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Default Thank you Rythm Willie..... direct coupling is really better

and controling the volume into the CD player or DVD player.

Nothing in between.

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Old 8th September 2009, 05:48 PM   #55
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hi joao
i'm sorry if i did not make things clear, the amp does not have a problem its designed that way, it has a balance and a volume control, it is just a power amp.
the rated input sensitivity is 230mVfor full output, this is great for old tape machines and tuners they will drive it directly no preamp, some sources need attenuation ie cd player.
the reason i mentioned this amp is that this is unusual \ interesting, and designed by the great man John L Hood. and like i said before i keep coming back to it, sounds nice.
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Old 9th September 2009, 08:54 AM   #56
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How do you adjust volume?
Has unbalanced variable out,via manual or remote control. looks like a high quality Alps pot.
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Has unbalanced variable out,via manual or remote control. looks like a high quality Alps pot.
anyone that has compared the fixed output with separate attenuation to the inbuilt variable output almost without exception says the fixed + attenuator is better.
Maybe your CDP is one of the exceptions.
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