I think you've probably been living under a rock if you didn't know that one of my primary interests on SNA is the classifieds!
At the moment, I think the new classifieds make life easier as a seller. Whether that aspect changes SNA's classifieds - which I think have a reputation for keen pricing and fair dealing - for better, for worse or not at all remains to be seen.
As a seller I find it easier to list items from a user interface perspective. I also find I have more flexibility about what to say about the item.
As a buyer, I miss the old format and especially the "reason for sale" bit. I'll be suggesting Marc put that in as a field!
As a neutral observer of equipment, I like having pics of everything up front but miss the forum banter.
As a mod I miss getting to see all the good stuff before it was approved for sale.
As a mod I absolutely love not having to spend time every day - often quite bit of it - administering the FS forum with tedious tasks like approving adds, closing sold items, formatting, responding to reasonable queries and requests and so on.
My favourite format on SNA to date was the old style forum where you could bump your listings.
I'm hoping the new classifieds and Marc's very open feedback process in respect of it can lead to a system that is substantially better but includes the essence of what has made SNA's classifieds approach fun and not just about buying & selling.
So please, everyone who is interested is having a great classifieds, keep the sensible suggestions and constructive criticism coming and let's try to get a great outcome for SNA.
In my personal experience, based on an empirical rather than theoretical approach, I almost always prefer a active preamp. Strongly suggest you try both approaches and not get sucked into the "it's purer so you don't need to try it" approach.
I don't understand the physics but I'd imagine a good quality dedicated, active, pre ensures adequate peak current and a proper and consistent impedance match for your power amps. It also provides analogue volume control.
Of course, there is no reason why a source can't be designed to do all that a preamp does. The K-01 appears to be such a source. So was my top of the line Audio Aero - but it still sounded better through an expensive preamp.
Both approaches are equally valid. Just do what sounds best to you.
Seems like Kat wants to change it to a rear end discussion.
While I am here though, does anyone have some suggestions as to what is a good DAC/transport combination or a premium CD spinner under $4K.? I guess this may not be high end for some but I think it is entry level high end.
All suggestions welcome
Makes a PDX sound like a food processor with a 2 year old piece of parmesan, and gives you plenty of change to boot.