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|Aesthetix Calypso Preamp|
It took a little while for me to appreciate the true quality of the Aesthetix Calypso. Why? Well, quite simply, I didn't want a preamp in my system. Having lived quite happily for some time driving my Cary Audio 2A3 SE's directly from my Audio Aero Capitole MKII, I'd convinced myself that "source direct" was the best approach. Taking a simplistic view of this it made complete sense that eliminating one rather large active component from the signal path had to be a good thing for sound quality. It wasn't until I thought about it more openly did I come to realize the unpredictability of the affects of running source direct. Basically, it's about coupling components whose input and output electrical properties combine in a synergistic way. Eliminating a preamp, places the output impedance of (in this case) the CD player, in direct contact with the input of the power amp. That may or may not be a good combination.