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Pico as pre-amp for main rig?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Any risk using a mini 3.5 -> rca directly into my amplifier and using the pico as a pre-amplifier for volume control and such?

I'd like to see how it compares to my current pre-amp (tact).
post #2 of 8
I use my Pico often as a USB DAC with a 3.5>RCA into my Central Station. It sounds great! I use low gain at max vol.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
You're using the central station as the gain stage though it seems? I'd like to just plug the pico directly into a speaker amplifier and use the pico's volume control.

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Originally Posted by GreatDane View Post
I use my Pico often as a USB DAC with a 3.5>RCA into my Central Station. It sounds great! I use low gain at max vol.
post #4 of 8
I use my Pico into my KingRex T-amp. I can use the Pico for volume control or the KingRex as it has a vol pot. It should work for you. Try low gain setting first...

FWIW, to me, the Pico sounds better thru headphones...for speakers, I prefer my stand alone DACs...Paradisea+ and Peter Daniel Premium USB DAC...

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post #5 of 8
I use my Pico DAC, max vol low gain to Lisa 3 for my bedroom listening
post #6 of 8
I use my Pico as DAC/Pre-amp to my Dark Voice 336i in my basement, and control the volume with my Pico. I have even used it to feed my Woo GES amp to run my HE60 electrostatics and it does an admirable job.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm gona plug it into a first watt F5 once my mini -> rca cable gets here so let's see how it goes
post #8 of 8
this is a very capable setup. before my opus was finished i used the pico to feed my gs-x and sig30...and it sounded fantastic.
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