I have a question.
I have the 717 and a pair of SR-007s. I use a valve based standalone Audio Note 3.1 DAC with a line stage inside which is very smooth, no edge or digital harshness.
So, the SQ I am getting is great, very happy. However, I have found I vastly prefer using my Audio Note M3 pre-amplifier outputs in the system chain than to feed the Stax amp (and switch out the volume pot on the Stax amp) than connect it direct to my fixed line outs on the DAC.
This goes against logic I thought, as I then have a line stage in the DAC with a fixed 2V out and another line stage in the Audio Note pre-amp that has a maximum of 4.5 V and is 10 ohms (as transformer coupled).
Do anyone know or have the same experience if having a pre-amp feeding the Stax amp it is getting a bigger signal by an active component and that is resulting in the SQ being better?
My DAC line out direct to the Stax amp sounds thin, cold and flat, lower dynamics. The volume would be at 12 oclock to get normal listening with this connection method.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated Spritzer!