Help, do I need a pre-amp?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi and General Audio' started by ryancrawcour, Jun 28, 2018.

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    ryancrawcour

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    I have a Cambridge Audio 851N network player with built-in preamp. And a Cambridge Audio 851W power amp. These two are connected with RCAs currently and are working great.

    Now I have the opportunity to pick up a matching 851C CD player, which also has a built-in preamp like the 851N.
    I want to hook this up to the power amp too

    But … there's only one input on the power amp and how do I choose sources?

    How would you hook this up?

    Should I hook the Cd player to the network player?
    Should I get a separate pre-amp and hook the two sources up to that and then output to the power amp?

    Please help.
     
    ryancrawcour, Jun 28, 2018
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    Sergeauckland

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    Simplest and cheapest is a switch box to select which source goes to the power amp. There are any number on Amazon for around £15. I have two, and they work perfectly.
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    Sergeauckland, Jul 3, 2018
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