I have a question for my UnitiQute 1 (24-96).
The problem is that I need more watts to drive my ProAC D18s especially after putting parquet, a shaggy rug and a large bookcase in my new apartment.
I did a search in the second-hand market and found a Naim NAP 200 (2012) for around € 800 and I’m thinking of buying it and using my Qute as a PRE.
I read in the forum various tips from users regarding the QUTE / NAP combination.
For many it’s a real upgrade while for others it’s better to think about buying a NAC N 272 streamer or a compact system like an old SuperUniti or a new Atom but it’s over my budget.
Since the display of my Qute does not work and to repair it it would cost me about 350 € and since the used selling price is around 650 € in Italy (in my case it would be 650-350 = 300), I prefer to keep it waiting for better times to be able to buy a real Naim PRE if I find a good deal on the second-hand market.
Also in this forum, I read that if the Qute is to be used as a PRE it is better to deactivate the final amplifier and this I can do even with the display not working thanks to a friend who guides me remotely using his Qute.
For the connection, however, I bought an RCA cable → 4 DIN
My question is:
What is the output level I should use to get the best result and not damage the NAP 200?
In the settings it is possible to adjust both the maximum volume of the speakers from 0 to 100 (but I will not use them) and the volume of the single input (± 10dB).
Lately, however, I have tried to use my Qute connected to my ProACs with input volume + 10dB, speaker volume 100 and setting the volume level over 55 I noticed that the tweeters did not like this power very much (I hope not to have burned something).
As a source I use:
- Rega RP3 turntable -> Pre Phono Black Cube -> Qute Analog In - Apple Music Lossless -> (AirPlay 1 = 16/44 bit-perfect) Shairport-sync -> RPi3 + HiFiBerry Digi Pro -> Qute Digital In.
Thanks in advance for your advice.