I have observed that the volume seems to be low when I use the pre-amp outputs to another receiver for my front speakers. The setup is: Pioneer 1014 receiver for center, and surround speakers, with the subwoofer, left and right fronts through the pre-amp outs. The fronts go to a NAD 7600 PE receiver (150 watts per channel - it has a NAD 2600 amp in it) to use it's amp to drive them (my fronts are 4 Ohms). The "question" I have is... the volume on the NAD needs to be turned waaaay up to get the volume level of the fronts equal to the volume of the other speakers. I could barely hear anything with the volume knob turned half way up... however, I am able to get the volume "equal" somewhere around 3/4 to 4/5ths of the way around the volume dial. I also should note that I currently have the pre-amp outs going into the CD input on the NAD 7600. When I put the left and right preamp outs into the "Normal In" connectors... the volume level was even lower... requiring a higher volume setting to get a match to the volume on the center/surround channels. Ideally I would be inputing the preamp outs into the Normal In (or Lab In?) connections on the back of the NAD? It has a removeable bridge to disconnect the preamp from the amp section and just use the amp. Is it "normal" to have to crank the volume setting on an amp/receiver to get it 'matched' in volume to the other speakers?? Probably a silly question... but it's best to ask and know than potentialy do something stupid and damage equipment (or just get sub-par performance). Thanks for any input/advice/anything!!