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    This may be a stupid request, but I am ignorant when it comes to this topic. Can someone please explain the difference between a preamp and a poweramp, and what each is used for? I would really appreciate any assistance on the matter.
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    They are exactly what they sound like.

    A poweramp provides the power that drives the speakers.

    A preamp goes in front of the poweramp to shape the sound that gets amplified.

    In a solid state amp, the preamp section does all (or at least most) of the tone shaping, and the poweramp is transparent (it only makes the signal louder, doesn't alter it).

    With a tube amp, the preamp section still does the majority of the tone shaping (especially at low volumes), but the poweramp also colors the sound going to the speakers. This is especially evident at high volumes when the poweramp tubes begin to overdrive.

    Did that help, or confuse you?

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    Thanks for the help Prages!!
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