I have a DAC (Stello) that sounds too rich/loud, to the point of distraction, i have very little flexibility with the volume control of my preamp. If I turned it down, the music sounds uninvolving and dull. What's the best way to tackle this problem? The ARC LS26 preamp has 3 different attenuation settings BUT I do loose sound quality if I attenuate the signal, my amp has a built-in attenuator (6dB). Should I try to match the attenuation levels between preamp and amp? I'm lost, also why do manufacturers do this, what's there to gain by having such a hot output? Is this a lame way to increase S/N ratio? Any help or comments will be greatly appreciated.