Originally Posted by Ghostfit
The only thing we have in common is a very high ranking for the S400
I don't know why all this negative vibes about double amping, I've heard the E12 out from an Iphone 4 with LOD and frankly, do not find much differences. In many professional sound stage setups I've seen, double amping is very common.
...and wayne's right ! ...especially when he said the AD900X sounds heavenly thru the E12 jacked into the ELE DAC. (and the ELE does amp the signals)
With references to your preferences list, I've only one thing to say !
....Your S500 IS BROKEN ! ...either that or you don't have the S500.
the ele dac has an amp? whats the amp? and if does thats one crappy dac.
I don't know whats worse.... a standalone dac that doesn't have a line out or a amp with no volume control.
Not surprising you can't tell the difference if you were using a s500...not detailed enough to hear the difference must be that bloated bass.
as for soundstage...I'm guessing you mean the use of pre-amps (essentially an amp with more functions). Soundstage cordination of different areas usually goes into a pre-amp (kind of like a control center) where certain gains are needed for specifics devices (Device A needs a a certain level of signal that falls between a certain range while device B needs a a different level of signal that falls between another range).
For example (these are just arbitrary numbers): a signal needs to go to a mixer and power amp. The mixer needs the signal to be at level 1 while the poweramp needs the signal at level 2. The preamp can take that input signal and set it to level 1 output to the mixer and level 2 for the poweramp.
There are more functions a preamp does but thats 1 of the big ones. It's a convenience thing that allows 1 signal be outputted to many devices at certain levels so that each device can work optimally.
Some people love pre-amps, some purist don't like it and some simply can't tell the difference. (or don't have gear good enough to hear it)
I think most people would take a very good line signal over headphone outs to feed into the amp.
Edited by TekeRugburn - 4/25/13 at 9:16pm