It's been a while. I finally managed to hear the difference between an EC EMC1MKII connected through an AV32R with and without bypass, and through the an EC ECI4.7 pre, and all of these through the same other elements (power amp, cables, speakers, etc...). The AV32R is no match, period! Although I made my choice buying the EC pre before I could check the AV32R with bypass, I obviously didn't make any mistake. It is a bit of a hassle when I watch a movie, I have to set the EC pre to a certain volume first, then all the controls are through the AV32R. Not so bad, I am getting used to it. Now I am testing cables, XLRs actually, between the CDP and the PRE. I already heard the original Electrocompaniet, and 2 Vandenhul's, the Thunderline and the Integration. All these still don't match my DHLabs Air Matrix rca cable (I heard they are the same make as Siltech). I have been advised to go for Synergistic Research Kaleidoscope, Cardas or Transparent cables. Any advises Please ?