I just set up a little bedroom system in my new digs, TV and Blu-ray were already on a cheap press board stand, adding DAC, preamp, amp, and associated cabling. A couple of hours and lots of swearing, cursing, and cutting of holes in the thin backing I was done. Only to realize I didn't need the preamp. I hadn't planned anything, just grabbed some equipment and cables from the closet then hooked stuff up, then saw nothing was analog. Optical from the TV, SPDIF from the Blu-ray, USB from the laptop, and a volume control on the DAC. So pull everything apart, preamp back in the closet. The take away? Cleanest, most pure and sweet sounds from a stereo I've heard in years. Less is indeed more, and setting up our systems, even tiny ones, are a bitch.