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DAC+ Pro Active Speakers/Preamp/Software volume Questions

Hello.

I have a DAC+ Pro on a RPI 2 Model B, and i am thinking to upgrade the PC powered speakers i am using at the moment with a pair of active studio monitors or passive bookshelf speakers.

I am wondering if i go with active speakers, do i still need a preamp?

Is a preamp recommended in the power amp + passive speaker scenario (or a combo in the form of the new integrated amps)? Or just a power amp + speakers and rely on the software volume level adjustment.

Also, is adjusting the volume level via software recommended on this DAC or in general? Are there any sound quality or other implications to this practice?

P.S. I use Roon and the Roon Bridge Image from HiFiBerry.

Thanks.

 

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