Jump to content

Can you run an amp without a preamp?


Recommended Posts

I've been thinking about getting a tube amp. Usually, this is dreaming of finding a McIntosh classic amp at an estate sale for $50. Anyway, is it possible to run one without a preamp? For example, could you connect a smartphone or Logitech Squeezebox Touch or other device with a volume control directly to an amp? I realize these wouldn't the best sound sources. Ultimately, one would need to get a preamp and a turntable. I'm just killing time before my lunch ends.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am assuming that you mean a power amp. It can be done, but you need to ensure that when you plug in your source, that the volume on the source is set for minimum. If the source only have line-level output, you could be in for a world of hurt.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...