Preamp Volume When Using With Head Amp
Sep 24, 2019 at 1:33 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 2


100+ Head-Fier
May 1, 2007
I’m considering using a Hovland HP-100MC preamp to feed two sources into a Auralic Taurus MkII headphone amplifier. Is this acceptable assuming proper impedance matching and ensuring I don’t overdrive the headphone amp?

The output impedance on the Hovland is as high as 4300ohms @ 20Hz and the input impedance on the Taurus MkII is 100Kohm with the single ended input. So I don’t see an issue regarding impedance matching.

I was planning to set the volume on the hovland HP-100 at the 3 O’Clock position, which represents approximate unity gain (per Stereophile).

Are there any other issues I need to be aware of? I know I can just try it, but I wanted to start thinking about things before I start messing with my existing setup.

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