Many folks use them in home environments very successfully. The fans tend to make them noisy for home use. Also, the balanced connections can be problematic, as just using the adapters can introduce some noise/ground issues. Not trying to crap on your choice...just letting you know some of the possible issues.
Their strong suit is driving difficult (low impedance) loads as their output devices are very robust.
As far as setting the output, you need to match where you hit max undistorted volume on the amp at the same point your pre hits its same max. An educated guess can be made if you know the output voltage of the pre & input sensitivity of the amp. otherwise, just play with it until you get a good balance~
From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.
Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)
OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"
RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.