leben cs600 + shindo aurieges

Hi all!

Noob question: I've got a Shindo Aurieges that I'd like to use as a phono stage as well as a preamp for my Chordette DAC before I run everything into a Leben CS600 (original model).

Firstly, should I send the Shindo to the pre-amp or the Line 1 on my Leben? What are the advantages/disadvantages of either configuration?

Secondly, what's the optimal way to set the volume between the two for best sound? Is there a rule for how high I should crank the Shindo before I rely on the Leben's volume control?

Would appreciate any insights anyone can offer!


Line 1 on the Leben is the line stage. Use that for the Shindo. Does the Shindo have "tape out"?  If so, use that into Line 1 because it bypasses the Shindo volume control. If not, then set the Shindo volume control at 12 O'Clock. You can then raise or lower it depending upon the gain/sound levels from the Leben.

I can understand wanting to use the Shindo phono stage into the Leben. But why not just connect the Chord DAC into Line 2 of the Leben? No need to put it through two line stages!

There's no tape out on the Shindo. Only "output".

Why is it better to use the Line 1 on the Leben as opposed to the pre-amp in? (Also, I don't think either input bypasses the Shindo volume. It seems to work in both contexts.)

And I could definitely plug the Chord straight into the Leben. I was doing it just to get the Shindo sound first, but you're right that it might be better without.