Caiman variable output to power amp VS addition of good preamp

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I am currently running a beresford caiman via the variable output section (digital attenuation I believe) straight into my power amp.

I am considering adding a quality pre-amp to the setup, not because i need more inputs, but purely for SQ enhancement (+ I am able to get the Primare PRE30 for 600GBP).

My system will differ in the following ways:

1. Analogue volume attenuation opposed to digital

2. A much higher quality preamplification stage

3. An extra unit in the audio chain, extra set of cables, etc.

I believe 1 and 2 will result in improvements, with 3 potentially introducing problems.

Does anyone have experience with this? overall will this give me an improved sound? I do plan on testing this (infact I have ordered the PRE30 as I can get rid of it without loss) and will share my impressions, however I wanted other peoples opinions.
 

DavieCee

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Oooooo, good question!

I always think that I am not getting the best from my K2 amp as I can't turn it past between the 8 and 9 o'clock position without upsetting neighbours. If using the Caiman as a low level attenuator will give better sound then I am all over that.

Of course, I could just go home and try it
but then I always wonder about the placebo effect so I am interested in opinions.
 

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