Are Preamplifier’s Relevant Today or just a Hinderance with Digital Playback ?

I’m just curious,.I know from past experiences using a well designed preamplifier can and will make a difference however the computer audio crowd say different with the use of HQplayer with volume control including multiple filters and adjustments in OS mode using a preamplifier is blasphemy to some of them .

What’s your take on this subject? 
Thanks in advance.
From the web site of Sound by Singer:

The Importance of Preamps Jan 24, 2019

Over the past few years I have become inured to the fashionable belief that Analog Preamps do not add anything to an audio system in a digital world-indeed that in fact they get in the way of the music.Getting used to an idea doesn't make it right and it is high time to call BS on this notion.

The source of this unfounded belief appears to be manufacturers of D/A converters who cleverly figured out that one could use a few bits of digital computing to raise and lower volume thereby arguably rendering the line stage superfluos. What a boon to the audiophile,they argued,not only have we removed a potential source of signal degradation and created a more dirct line of communicationbetween the source and the amplifier , we have alsoo saved the end user buckets full of cash which he/she would have spent on a top flight preamp.

This would be a compelling argument if any of it were true.But alas it is not.Yes one can raise and lower volume on a dac by wasting a significant number of bits to do so .BUT NO IT DOES NOT SOUND BETTER TO CONNECT A DAC DIRECTLY TO AN AMPLIFIER BYPASSING THE PREAMP !

In fact in every listening test I have conducted removing the preamp from the picture rendered the musical picture less dynamic, less fleshed out and altogeather less realistic than when a high quality preamp was introduced into the picture.

One of the leading reviewers in our field whose name we will not mention for obvious reasons dubbed the anti preamp crusade "The Wimpy Wars" in recognition of the deleterious effect which omitting a preamp from the chain created.

By the way high Quality does not Necessarily mean high priced . Consider the Backert Rhumba 1.3 tube line stage .$ 3500.00 buys you a lot of sound and improves the performance of any system regardless of how high end the DAC employed may be.

+1 jond "empasis on good" . +2 bigkidz "the preamp added much more dynamics, clarity, depth to the soundstage, better separation between vocals and instruments and faster more pronounced bass response".
Thanks everyone , keep the conversation going I find attitudes toward preamplifiers in general within some computer audio communities heavily one sided against preamplifiers where no civil debates could take place,. 
If you're basically using a computer as a source to headphone amp/dac I can see why it would be heavily against a preamp. Why add extra components?