Just received my first piece of tubed audio gear today:
- an ARC LS-15 Preamp
Does running the volume louder on the Preamp "work" or "use" the tubes more?
I ask because the balanced ouput from my DAC is obviously a lot stronger than the SE output, so when I run balanced, I keep the volume on the preamp at about 25%, but when I run SE, I keep the volume closer to 50%.
So does running SE, with the volume set twice as high, use the tubes more, or impart more tube flavor onto the signal?
I could see this as being a good or bad thing, depending on what you were trying to achieve.
Thanks, tube gurus!