Okay, I had to register as this seems to be the best resource regarding these slim amps.
I have a question regarding the pre-amp out for front speakers, and please bear with me - I am an old-school audiophile, but this is my 1st time with AV-receivers.
So I replaced my Teufel Decoderstation 5 DAC with a Marantz NR1403. I made the change to get HDMI connectivity and HD audio format support, mainly the SACD. The receiver is connected to a pair of Genelec 8030
active monitors. The setup was relatively easy, but one thing left me wondering.Has anyone experienced that the pre-out level would be quite low, or abnormally low?
WIth my old DAC I had the speaker attenuator down to 33% or 50% of the volume range, in order to keep the digital volume range good for listening in my apartment (and minding the neighbours). Now with Marantz, I had to turn the attenuators to 100%/full volume, to get reasonable output levels. Audyssey seems to boost the volume, and seems to have set my FR/FL speakers with +12dB gain.
Now with Audyssey enabled, things seem somewhat ok. In Direct mode the volume is much more quiet and I am not impressed on the sound so far - seems to lack bass and punch.
This was quite surprising to me, and i even have tube-buffer amp in the chain which adds about 2dB gain before the signal reaches the speakers. The Genelecs are usually considered to be pretty damn loud for a non-damped room, thus they have the attenuators. BTW, they are what Steve Jobs used in his system
Any other opinions/thoughts/experiences regarding the pre-out quality?
Is the NR1403 volume handled at the digital stage, or is it an analog attenuator?