Hola...yes they do...and not only flavors the sound but opens up the stage, the air between into the instruments is more evident, and there are some echoes that are more realistic with a good preamp than drive them direct from the cd player to the amp. If you take apart the top cover of a cd player and you look for the dedicated area for sound, you will be surprised of how little the section is. If your CD has a ditital volume control, when using it, you will be taking info from the signal, there will be less bits, and the signal is compromised with it. Some can hear it, other don´t care. It depends a lot of your liking. On the other hand, if you take apart the cover of a digital processor, you will be amazed of the dedicated part for sound. There are good sounding CD players, but also there are super good sounding digital processor and then, preamplifiers. Some time ago, I tried the Wadia...it is a very good sounding machine, but to my ears, with all respect to the ones that are using it direct, with the aid of a preamp, I got better size of the instruments, especially when solo or combos music, not too many instruments. Also the stage, I got more depth in a sense of the drummer with cymbals with the bass player and piano player also...the guitar was more palpable and more easy to follow the left hand at it, and the tonal balance was more, again, to my ears, more right, more precise...this is my experience, and also my liking...trust your ears and choose the sound that you like most. Happy listening,Hipgrncln said:Splitting my HT into 2 channel and smaller HT and was wondering if anyone had any expirience with just a amp (anthem) and a CD player with volume control. How much does the pre-amp/proccesser flavor the sound???
This was our favoured audio setup for many years. CD player with variable analogue output into amps. Have used Arcam Delta 90, Krell KPS 20i/l, Audio Aero Capitole 24/192.Hipgrncln said:Splitting my HT into 2 channel and smaller HT and was wondering if anyone had any expirience with just a amp (anthem) and a CD player with volume control.