Looking forward to it. I am going to wait to see what your new pre-amp is all about.
Will it have a remote volume control?
We have the hardware for it (IR receiver, FPGA block decode), but based on the cost of a custom remote, we’re discussing options, including a less expensive version without the remote. So many of our customers use a streamer or PC to drive their audio system now, so they are covered as far as a remote volume control (phone/tablet/computer SW/app). We also considered using a simple generic remote, but there’s the issue of accidentally controlling something else in the room. A learning remote is also being discussed, so you can use a universal type or something you already own. The original reason for the HSV DAC was to support transports, some portables, and disc players whose SPDIF outputs are always full scale. The iPhone, for example, locks out the volume control when you play through its USB port directly.
I use a Node 2i these days. That allows source switching, volume control, search and track select, playlist organization, album art display, etc.... from my phone, an old tablet, one of several PCs, or even one of my kids’ phones. I pretty much don’t touch the system except to dust. The amps (Cherry MEGA MK2 MONOs) sleep when the music’s off. Everything except the turntable is controlled from remote, over WiFi. The Node connects to the internet on its own. No need for SW running on a local computer. It streams, does Bluetooth (yeah, I know), has an external digital or analog input, and plays from a NAS if desired. The only thing it’s missing is solidarity of multi-sourced tracks. That would be extra great if the purchase of offline music was integrated. Add in Qobuz, and WOW! Opens up a whole new world. Please pardon any typos. It’s the end of a very long day.