Originally Posted by wasteofmoney
That's actually the feature I was looking for. My pre-amp is a Bryston BP25DA (Integrated DAC) which gets it music source (streamed FLAC) from a networked Server > Squeezebox Touch (digital coax out).
Just to clarify, if I connect from the BP25 XLR out to the D2 XLR analog in, I would just set the D2 to Analog Direct and leave both the pre-amp and D2 powered on. I would assume it's best to have the D2 knob turned up to 100% and use the Bryston volume control for music? And when I want to watch movies I just turn off the Bryston just like you would a CD player, phono or any other source.
Do not do this. Analogue Direct is not a HT Pass Thru. It is simply a mode where the D2 turns off its digital front end and acts like a conventional analogue pre-amp. The volume is still active and you will be applying gain to the signal in the D2, not to mention that your other pre-amp will be applying gain and you could get to a point where the signal is too high.
Also, you are adding the noise floor of both devices.
If your Bryson does not have a HT Bypass mode, you are kind of stuck switching wires to do your A-B test.
As a person with a PSA GCA-250 and PW-DAC, I can tell you that this combination can sound so much better than my AVM-50 w/ arc in the right environment...
Not willing to give them up, or the AVM-50. Both have a place in my home...