I have the XLR balanced signal coming out of my DAC going into the XLR balanced input of my Schiit Jotunheim. Fortunately the Jotunheim has XLR Pre-Outs so I am able to run XLR balanced from the Jot to the DROP+THX AAA 789's XLR balanced inputs. This allows me to compare the sound from both the Jotunheim and the 789.
My question is this: Is the signal that is being sent from the Jot's XLR Pre-Out's to the 789 XLR inputs the "unadulterated" DAC's signal or has the signal already gone through the Jot's pre-amp section? If it's the latter then am I no longer getting a clean signal from the DAC?