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On 1/13/2021 at 9:28 AM, richieb said:

Why compromise the magic of SET with the preamp section from a receiver? Like JMON said it will work but I can’t believe is the best solution or the end game sound you’re looking for. 

Thanks for your input. Don’t want to compromise the sound, just looking for the convenience of the preamp functionality with the Marantz in front. Listening to them together and separate, I don’t hear any significant differences so far. This might be a temporary solution...

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Personally I would never put a receiver anywhere near a nice SET amp. I think it defeats the purpose. I'd save my pennies for a nice simple tube preamp. If you don't have any other means to listen go for it but I'd make it temp. I've committed far worse sins.

 

I rotate stuff around but I usually listen to Jubs - 45 SET AMP - George Wright Preamp  - EAD DAC - EAD CDP - MUSIC SERVER or for vinyl GW Phono pre.

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I've been using a Marantz SR7013 AVR as a DAC and preamp to my Jolida Fusion 3502P for a year now, and after rolling in some good NOS tubes, I love it. I have a bypass switch so I can use the AVR for movies, and the Jolida for stereo, straight into my Cornwalls. 

Bonus: the AVR has Audyssey room correction. Best of both worlds. 

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On 8/3/2021 at 7:59 PM, JohnW said:

I've been using a Marantz SR7013 AVR as a DAC and preamp to my Jolida Fusion 3502P for a year now, and after rolling in some good NOS tubes, I love it. I have a bypass switch so I can use the AVR for movies, and the Jolida for stereo, straight into my Cornwalls. 

Bonus: the AVR has Audyssey room correction. Best of both worlds. 

I'm needing to do the exact same thing as you have did, what is the bypass switch you are using?

I have a marantz sr5015, vta st-120 tube amp, and klipsch belle's, having simple bypass switch would be perfect! Essentially I have to share the belle's with my wife/kids/tv, but I hate unplugging things when I want to run the tube amp. 

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On 2/7/2022 at 8:13 AM, KASTLROCK said:

I'm needing to do the exact same thing as you have did, what is the bypass switch you are using?

I have a marantz sr5015, vta st-120 tube amp, and klipsch belle's, having simple bypass switch would be perfect! Essentially I have to share the belle's with my wife/kids/tv, but I hate unplugging things when I want to run the tube amp. 

This is exactly what I use: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SPECIALTY-AV-2-Amplifiers-Receivers-to-1-Pair-Speakers-Selector-Switch-Combiner-/224545913401?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0

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