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Can sound card act as preamp


Junior Member
Aug 13, 2012
Hi, I picked up a refurbished Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD PCIe direct from Creative Labs for a ridiculous deal. Using my headphones I can tell a good difference between onboard.

However I want to take it to the next level. I notice the card has two RCA jacks for R and L. I was wondering if I could connect that straight to a Krell Evolution 2250e or would I need to connect it to a preamp before connecting it to an amp. Can the sound card act as a preamp? The amplifier does not have volume control so if it works, I'd have to depend on windows volume control.