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Pre Amp Needed?

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Hi, just wanting to get some advice as i am kind of new to this.

I was wanting to know if a Pre amp is needed if intend to connect a Denafrips Aeries II Dac to ELAC NAVIS ARB51 Speakers?

So i currently have a Bluesound Node 2i Connected via RCA into a pair of ELAC NAVIS ARB 51 Active Bookshelf Speakers.

I was wanting to know would i need a Pre Amp to go in between the Denafrips Aeres II and the ELAC Navis.

I have been told this is to get the signal across from The DAC to speakers ? as thsi is only a DAC has no functions ie volume control.


Bluesound Node 2i -> Denafrips Ares II ->Pre Amp ELAC NAVIS ARB51

Please assist

Thank You

Nate
 
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Hi Martin, thanks for the feedback. What confuses me is that i am able to change the volume from Bluesound Node2i App. Is this ok?
 

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So you are bypassing that into the external DAC - I would use a pre-amp, a passive potentiometer would do, not expensive.
 
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So i was able to get my hand on a Denafrips Ares 2 and i am not sure what is going on?

This is my problem.

1. The speakers do not come out of standby mode when i select a song in Spotify. i need to increase the volume a few times for it to turn on? Is this an impedance issue when the Denafrips isn't sending a signal strong enough to the speakers?


2. Also the sound doesn't really sound like its doing much for a $1,200 AUD DAC Compared to the BlUesound Node built in DAC?

So my question is now would a pre amp boost the signal and sent a stronger signal to the ELACS and wake them up on stand by ?

Any suggestion would be great as this is confusing me.
 

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