HT Bypass Vs Input selection Integrated Amp

Hi Folks, i am looking to supplement my HT receiver with network streamer +DAC. Today I have the marantz receiver (SR 5015) running preamp outputs to my 2  channel Parasound power amp, which power L/R. I also do however listen to a lot of stereo music and want to add a network streamer (Arylic or Node or Wim pro), and an outboard DAC (geshelli labs j2 or Topping E30). I have been looking into solutions like the Schit Sys which seems to be cheapest, quality means to switch between two analog inputs.

I'm also now learning of HT Bypass, which some integrated amps support. That said, why can't I just get a regular integrated amp and toggle between input 1 vs 2? What is the difference between one vs the other? Thank you!


@soix thank you! Will look into tape loop. Also the little schiit sys does have volume control! Appreciate the detailed descriptions. 

@tony1954 i actually did come across this very same list! So many great options out there! I experience musical fidelity in the local store. Hard to form an opinion on a brand just listening to reviews. 


I have the Musical Fidelity M6si and I like it, but there are certainly a lot of good options depending on what you need and like.

You want a PREAMP with HT bypass.  Parasound makes several, among others.  :) Problem solved.

@erik_squires is absolutely correct unless you don’t want to add another box (and corresponding set of interconnects) to your system and/or you’re not thrilled with your current amp.  If you’re happy with your amp I’d just add a good stereo pre.