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Dedicated pre-amp vs Integrated amp running as a pre-amp
Mark Levinson 390s (amazing sounding CD player/DAC/preamp), the other recomendation would be dCS Elgar plus which has a pre-out and sound fabulous too. on the cheaper end there is Stello D200 which for the price, a stunning bargain.
I went from Cyrus AV Master 8.0 as pre to a prevs2 and noticed a small but significant difference.
Most people think that biamping gives benefit but not as much as running two power amps in mono. I currently biwire but I am considering changing my cables for better quality single cables when I add a second power amp.
JohnDuncan:Borrow some from the shop that's trying to get you to spend money on the Cyrus preamp. In fact, take the preamp home with you as well so that you can compare the two setups in your own home.
That would be difficult as shop is in UK and I am in Guernsey. Don't think shop would be keen to ship them over for me try on appro.
I already have speakers wired from the 8 power with Qed Revelation cables so I have ordered another pair so that I can bi-amp.