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
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?