Resolution Audio Opus 21 questions


Greetings all! I have a RAO 21, and am a little un-happy with volume(loudness), dynamics/slam. Using modified Odyssey Stratos Mono amps, Odyssey Lorelei speakers, VD Revelation speaker cables & TG Audio i/c, Electraglide SOTU p/c's. My question: Is anyone using a pre-amp with the Opus 21? Does it/will it help in the above mentioned categories.
Thanks for your help.
hoochie39
Oh I guess I thought you meant the DIN goes into a pre-amp..how is the volume set without a preamp if you bypass the units control?
I must confess I'm confused as well; I read the sentence as the DIN output bypassing the attenuator circuitry on the Opus 21, allowing the signal to pass more directly to a preamp.
Where in that sentence to you see anything about using a preamp?

I think its the prior sentence, wherein you said you're running the Opus into an Ayre preamp that's leading to the confusion.
Okay guys, I see your confusion, (and probably my own!).

Here is what Ardri wrote: "Where did Jeff Kalt say it was better thru a Pre Amp?"

He didn't, at least not per se.

What he told me was, exactly what I wrote earlier which was: "The DIN output bypasses the volume control, and is the absolute best way to get the best sound from this unit, ...) And hey, if you don't believe me, call or email Jeff. (He is one of the better owners I have run into. He ranks right up there with Charles Hansen, of Ayre fame, IMHO!)

Now, it is true that by using the DIN output, (hence by-passing the built-in volume control), that you'll need to use some sort of device, (typically, a preamp) to control the volume. So bacially, what Jeff is saying is that while he uses a very good analog volume control in the Opus 21, it is not as good as what a really good preamp has, (which makes perfect sense to me).

Hopefully, that clears up the confusion. I have tried running the Opus 21 directly into my amps, and it seemed slightly better running through the preamp, at least to my ears. (But then again, I was not using the same cable, so it could have been that aspect of the setup that I was hearing.)