how important pre/pro is in the system

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  1. Yoon Lee

    Yoon Lee Stunt Coordinator

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    how important pre/pro in your system is? More or same to power amps? lower than CD player? even lower than cables? or even higher than speakers? What $3000 pre/pros can bring to you whereas $500 receiver cannot other than a billion tweaking options? My question is strictly on sound.
     
  2. Sihan Goi

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    I'd have to say that next to the room acoustics and speaker systems/positioning, the preamp portion is the next most important, followed by amplification and source.
     
  3. Larry B

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    Sihan Goi said

     
  4. John Royster

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    Its part of the whole system an does have a significant impact. Meaning if you have nice speakers, good source, good power, but use a $500 dollar receiver as your pre-amp then you'll suffer.

    Noise floor/channel-separation and keeping an analog signal clean without messing with it are what a good pre-amp gets you. Its tough to get good two channel playback from a multifunction pre/pro, some of the nicer ones do a pretty good job.

    Also a nice pre/pro has really good DACs making all your digital sources shine as well.

    -edit- just re-read your post. in order of importance here's MHO.

    1) speakers
    2) room
    3) source
    4) pre-amp
    5) amp
     
  5. Yoon Lee

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    Someone in this forum mentioned price for those DACs are relatively cheap compared to the prices for power amp parts. Then why are pre/pros are expensive? Is it because of all those license fees (Dolby, DTS, THX, and such)? Or, simply they charge more?
     

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