I was just thinking about TT2 driving direct again vs amplifier. Then remembered how shorting an amplifier speaker terminals can blow an amplifier. I thought about that because my adapters from TT2 to speaker cables are still in a makeshift state. I could accidentally drop something conductive over the two female speaker plugs. The rear of them is exposed. Overall though, the risk involved in making my own cables, scares the living daylights out of me. (It's because I am so often well exhausted. Like you may have noticed a few times recently I had to say stuff like I said stuff wrong. Like tonight I had to change what I said about needing volume level from TT2. E.g. like I did in Post #7165 of 7185. … That's just me sometimes. Exhausted but fighting to stay awake.) Having tested the TT2 directly driving speakers, I have to agree with everyone in saying it's stunning. That overall further level of insight is addictive. However it really is the case that making cables could so easily go wrong. It only takes one whisker of copper to short. Like N Quarter said recently, it was worrying looking back and thinking about having made adapters. For me it's: Buy a good amplifier and RCA at no risk vs TT2 driving speakers direct, and risk in making cables. A good amplifier would cost a lot vs adapter risk, and adapter drop in quality across home made connections. Amp pros: power if I need it later no question about driving my speakers which are not particularly sensitive (finding sensitive speakers in the type I needed was impossible) zero cabling/adapter risk flexibility, like being able to use Qutest for Youtube and gaming. Am not always happy using TT2 for menial audio work like video clips on newspaper websites. With TT2 and Qutest flexibility I prefer using TT2 only for music. TT2 driving speaker pros: already said; excellent timbre and unbelievable sound quality.