I just found this forum a month ago and since then have been enjoying the various discussions. I currently have an entry-level stereo system and am looking to build a new system over the next few months. However, there are a few questions that I can't seem to get my head around and was hoping for some advice.
What does a preamp contribute to a 2-channel system in terms of sound? If I have two monoblocks powering my speakers, what is the job of the preamp in terms of amplification? How important is a preamp in terms of sound? Is it important to consider the synergy between preamp and the power amplifier? Can one be tube and the other solid state?