I decided several weeks ago to replace my Momentum pre-amp with a new Momentum HD model. While waiting for my new amp to be built I decided to connect my Vivaldi DAC directly to my M-400’s and see how it sounded without a pre-amp. I had previously performed comparisons with earlier iterations of my system and the benefits of a pre-amp always outweighed the benefits of going direct. Well the Vivaldi DAC direct is the first piece that has me wondering whether a pre-amp is just providing flexibility and no longer SQ benefits.
The small issue I have going direct is that I hear a short burst of “static” type noise as the DAC is changing tracks. This is most apparent within playlists where sampling rates change. With my Momentum pre-amp in the loop I never heard this noise even playing the same playlists. If I remember correctly we previosly added a “Resync Delay” which we were able to remove with one of the updates. Would that correct my problem until my new preamp arrives?