it's just a thread i like to start since this type of subject is never talked bout in your typical audio forums/sites. i personally don't mind the idea of using a good quality recording/dj/studio mixer as your main preamp cause lot of them can sound very good in my opinion. my cheap numark little plan stereo mixer sounds more clean and detailed than a lot of high-end stereo preamps and other well regarded preamps i had experience with in the past. it also has a pretty darn powerful headphone out as well. just only complaint of the numark is while not bad, it's s/n is not super high like your typical home stereo preamp and it has no type of dc filtering protection or any form of input/output protection like lot of other home stereo preamps do. i think a good mixer is more capable of being in a revealing hi-fi set but, have to know what to look for cause like anything else there is a ton of crappy ones out there like anything else. i personally love using good mixers as my main preamp due to functionality and other things i require. mixers are just way cool looking too haha. i wonder, do anyone else use a decent mixer as main preamp as well here?