Hi @purr1n , have you ever made a post here on the importance of having a pre-amp? I think this would be very helpful and useful to a lot of people, especially the differences between passive and active, how to interacts with one's system, etc. You've said preamps are guilty of committing sins of omitting or committing signal info. Personally I'd like to go the purist route and eliminate the need of a preamp but not sure how to do that with a DAC to power amps and speakers in the chain. Would adjusting the volume slider in a music playback software be worse than having a preamp? But anyway would be interested to read your thoughts in preamps in general.