My current speaker setup:
Arcam Alpha 8 CD
Arcam Alpha 9 Amp (using power section only)
Yamaha DSP-AX761receiver (using pre only)
Monitor Audio Monitor 3 floorstanders
REL Q50E sub
This hasn't changed for over 15 years apart from the receiver. I'm not a home cinema buff, but I have a lot of components to hook up to the TV and speakers, so that's how I switch.
I'm about to purchase a good set of headphones which will require a good headphone amp. I will still want to be able to use the rest of my system, so how should things connect up? I see that many headphone amps come with a pre-out. Is this line level, and therefore with my setup, could I go CD -> headphone amp pre out -> aux input of receiver -> rest of chain stays the same?
I hear so much here about headphone preamps, and how they colour the sound. In the speaker world I was always told that power amps don't colour the sound as much. Am I wasting time and shelf space powering the speakers through the Arcam? Furthermore, if power amps don't offer better quality, why do hardcore home cinema buffs use monoblocks? Sheer impact / volume?