Are passive preamps better? 116 (so far) people express an opinion

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The thread starts: Does a passive preamp with transformers so that its impedence can be matched with an amplifier have the potential to provide better sonics than a line preamp? I have a Simaudio Celeste preamp and a Harman Kardon Citation 7.1 amplifier.

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  • emmaco

    No. Been there, done that and couldn’t get rid of it fast enough even in two channel mode with the best Alps stepped attenuators. Can’t imagine what an eight channel version would even look like.