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If you are getting one, just get it. It's amazing, don't need any feedback to decide. If you can get 2, even better, run them in bridged mono mode.
Thanks. I was also thinking about Freya for a pre with vidars. Now getting the vidars here is the problem. My Rme DAC can do as a pre and has XLR outs. Freya would give me an option to hook up other sources like CDP and streamer as well. Currently they are hooked up to the dac via coax and optical.Vidar is Slightly on the Warmer Side of Neutral, it'll extract Very good LF response from any speaker.
there's AEgir Class A amp as well, do check it out, its receiving good reviews. I Had a good experience of pairing Vidar with MA Silver RX6, Zensor 5, Magnepen 1.7 , tannoy Revolution DC6 and ATC Scm 11s , and it sounded pretty good.
Our Best experience was with 2 Vidar in Mono-block Config, Very authoritative, reduced noise floor , especially with demanding speakers like ATCs or Magnepens. Getting the chain with 2 Vidar & going Completely balanced makes a lot of SQ improvement. My Recommendation is Get that 2nd Vidar, without a second thought; if you can get 2.
I did have SMSL SU-8 Dac which didn't sound very well , Other DACs like Gungnir Multibit, Modi Multibit, Northstar Supremo & Arcam iRdac all sounded pretty well with SYS/Saga/Vidar combo. Avoid Cheap Chinese DACs YMMV.
Get that Dedicated Analog, Balanced (Preferably Tube) Preamp, I think it is quite Vital. Don't Rely on Digital Preamp, My 2 cents.As of now, it's not critical to get a dedicated pre as such. But do let me know if it would make a difference. My limited knowledge tells me that if I take RCA
+1 to the aboveGet that Dedicated Analog, Balanced (Preferably Tube) Preamp, I think it is quite Vital. Don't Rely on Digital Preamp, My 2 cents.
I am under the impression that a preamp adds its own sound signature. I don't know about passive/ active and all other tech stuff. I am very happy with my dac which has usb, coax and optical inputs, and both RCA and XLR outputs. DAC outputs both RCA and XLR at the same time. (Not sure as to how...www.hifivision.com