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Old 28th June 2011, 12:59 PM   #1
ElEsido is offline ElEsido  Switzerland
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Default Newbie question: Pros/Cons of a Preamp after a Bufalo III

Hi all Newbie here. Am planing to get a Buffalo III DAC when it comes out. I want to replace my system completely I'm a bit lost about what to get. Is a preamp needed/recommended between a Buffalo III and a Tube amp (have not yet decided which one, neither have i looked far for speakers). The aim is to drive headphones (I might rewire some to balanced mode) and speakers. What parts would be needed no the buffalo end - do I need a volume control if I use a preamp? Thanks! ElEsido
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Old 28th June 2011, 02:19 PM   #2
Spev is offline Spev  United Kingdom
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You don't need a pre, but you may prefer one, your call really. I have my buff 2 running straight into power amp. I tried a dcb1 in between but it'd didn't gel at all to my ears.

If you're listening on headphones then feasibly all you need is buff3, legato, volumite and associated psus (and source switching if you have more than one digital source). Legato will drive the headphones directly. So you could have a really minimal setup initially and then add power amp and speakers (or even active speakers) later.
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Old 28th June 2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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Legato is not very suited for driving the headphones directly, unless you use the on-board SE conversion. If you want to drive balanced headphones, use the IVY output stage.
If you use the built-in volumite of the BIII, you don't need a pre-amp at all.
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Old 29th June 2011, 06:40 AM   #4
ElEsido is offline ElEsido  Switzerland
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Thanks, Spev and LeonvB!
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