I have read few recent reviews of the Benchmark DACPre and am wondering about its use as a preamplifier. In particular for driving a tube amplifier (namely as I dream of the Audio Research VS115) via the XLR/balanced outputs of the DACPre.
I am thinking of getting a very modest CD changer, such as an Onkyo or Denon, feeding the DACPre the digital/optical signal with both the CD changer and DACPre physically close to me as I sit to listen while using a long pair of XLR/balanced interconnects to the amplifier between the speakers (Usher BE-718's).
As a locating option, put everything on my audio rack from VTI between the speakers and use the DACPre's remote to adjust the volume.
Is this a foolish or low quality idea / mistake waiting to happen ?