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Noob question: difference between amp and preamp

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hello Head-Fiers,

 

I'm relatively new to all this and have a question:

 

When not using phono/turntables, but only CD/DVD-Players and PC as Audio Source, whats the pre amp for?

 

I get it, that a system can/should look like this (correct me if wrong)

 

Source -> DAC -> AMP (maybe A/V receiver) ->Speakers

or

Source  -> DAC -> headphone AMP -> Headphone

 

so is the preamp between the DAC and the AMP? Wouldn't this cause double amping?

I understand that it was originally used for phono, that is a very quiet medium, and you need to preamp the signal a bit in order to amp it correctly. So in our digital times...whats is it good for?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 4

Take a look here:

 

http://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-audio/150740.html

 

or here

 

http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?62449-Preamp-vs-Amplifier...Whats-the-difference

post #3 of 4

So question then is, what is the differeance between my "source" and a pre amp?

Are my Pc and Dac [together] acting as a single preamp unit would? 

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thank You for your answer.

 

So I guess while talking about listening with headphones, a preamp is unnecessary? 

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