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    Luxman da-250

    I have a M-700u amp. I am considering adding a Da-250 dac to this and use the built in volume control without adding a pre-amp. Will the combo. sound good or should I consider a separate analog preamp? My understanding is that the Da-250 has the LECUA volume control which is considered very good. Alternatively I can add a CL38uc preamplifier and the Da-250.
    Cheers,
    Sid

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    Re: Luxman da-250

    In very few cases I’ve always preferred a preamp in the chain. You can certainly get the dac installed and use it directly to your amp, adding a preamp at a later date.

    For me, dac direct is more detailed, more neutral and more “truthful”. I prefer the colorations that a good preamp gives.
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    Re: Luxman da-250

    Thanks Joe, that is what has been my experience as well. I have always preferred a pre-amp in most cases . Perhaps I will first consider the CL38uc and then plan for a DAC. Also I noticed that DAC depreciation is quite high (being a digital component), so I can perhaps pick up a used one at a good price.
    Cheers,
    Sid

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    Re: Luxman da-250

    Sid,

    Excellent taste in gear. Let us know what happens. I think you are right about pricing. Looks like new Luxman gear is coming out.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Luxman da-250

    I got the Cl-38uc preamplifier. It matches very well to the the M700U - great synergy. I am searching for a DAC now, using a cheap and cheerful topping d50s for the time being.
    Cheers,
    Sid

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    Re: Luxman da-250

    A DAC that would fit in with that combo would be a used Aqua La Voce S3.

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    Re: Luxman da-250

    Thanks Jack. Yes that is a good option. I am also looking at the Holo Audio Spring 2.
    Cheers,
    Sid

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