DC-1 vs XSP-1 as preamp driving XPA-1L's Feb 12, 2015 10:25:58 GMT -5
Post by stlaudiofan1 on Feb 12, 2015 10:25:58 GMT -5
If you like the DC-1 and you think you are staying digital, then I would save the cash. As for my personal experience, I prefer a seperate preamp. I listen vinyl, so the analog input is important to me. The XSP-1 has a great phono stage, should you want to go that route.
I also personally don't want my preamp tied to the DAC, because DAC technology and music format changes more frequently. For instance, if you wanted to try DSD, what would you do? You would have to look for a new DAC with that capability, limited by one with an equally good preamp section. Things seem to be settling down a bit now, though. I had to live through 88/24, 96/24, 176/24 and 192/24 and DSD. All of those formats, as they came to fruition, caused me grief through my music server/DAC adventure that I ultimately abandoned. I'm sure I'm a bit tainted as a result.
That is just me though, I'm sure you will be very happy whichever way you go.