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How to get the best sound from Pandora One

I curretly Have a Yamaha RX V1800 reciever pre-out to an Emotiva EPA-2 conected to a pair of Martin Logan SL3 speakers.

The Yamaha reciever has a Bur Brown Dac built in. Yamaha Said the DAC would kick in while in direct mode.

I have kicked around adding a vintage Pre-amp out from the Yamha to kind of warm up the soud a bit.

My friend suggested that I should look into a couple of Vintage pre-amps like:

Adcom

Phase Linear 4000

Carver C4000T

Pioneer Spec1

Current model Emotiva

Please fire away with suggestions.smiley

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To "warm up" the sound would suggest a tube preamp.

Perhaps a Dynaco PAS 5?

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How to get the best sound from Pandora One

Interesting, I never heard of Dynaco before. Do you think it will integrate well with my set up?

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The first thing would be to find one in good shape.

Often reconditioned ones show up on eBay or AudiogoN. Are you looking to replace the Yamaha? What are your sources? Turntable? CD Player? Computer or Music Server? The DAC of the Yamaha shouldn't come into play when in Pure Direct mode.

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Ok, I havea direct and a straight on the Yami. My source is cd player / computer music.

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How to get the best sound from Pandora One

Hi Jackfish,

Sorry for the confusion. Currently the yamaha is my preamp and my sources are  dvd - computer-dvr. I was wondering if I could use the pre-outs  on the yamaha to connect maybe a vintage secound pre-amp for improved 2-channel listening?

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I see a Audio Research SP-9 preamp on E-Bay for $950; that would be a good idea.

As for pandora, we are talking about low-quality audio files; much lower resolution and quality than wav. or CD. They aren't going to sound better than they are.

 

 

Listen wrote:

Hi Jackfish,

Sorry for the confusion. Currently the yamaha is my preamp and my sources are  dvd - computer-dvr. I was wondering if I could use the pre-outs  on the yamaha to connect maybe a vintage secound pre-amp for improved 2-channel listening?

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I wouldn't think putting yet another preamp into the chain after

the Yamaha is going to get you much. You would need a unit with HT Bypass otherwise your signal is going through two preamps.

If you want to "warm up" the sound why not put a tube buffer between the Yamaha and UPA-2?

http://www.grantfidelity.com/site/node/75

http://www.pacificvalve.us/YaqinTB.html

http://www.autocostruire.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=345&language=en

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