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McIntosh tube upgrade - worthwhile?
Well, thanks to all-ya-all it did turn out to be an opportunity to sell tubes. I called Brent and have 4 new tubes on the way! Thanks guys!  
McIntosh tube upgrade - worthwhile?
I own a MA 12000 integrated. It has 4 tubes in the preamp section. I too wonder if swapping these tubes would make a difference! Where does go besides Uncle Kevin for quality tubes and the right ones???  
No discussion about the Synergistic Pink fuse?
Carlsbad2, I used a slug. Next time it will be a jumper, maybe silver. The funny thing is that although their were immediate changes, they were subtle. What really shocked me was that after about two weeks of heavy play, all of a sudden my bass in... 
No discussion about the Synergistic Pink fuse?
Fuses make a difference, Donavabdear said no fuse is better than a fuse. I wonder about that. I have bypassed fuses and have been shocked by how much better my system sounded. Fuller bass, expanded sound stage to name a couple, but I wonder if the... 
if you had this system, what would you do to make it sound the best you can
Yes on all of the above. McIntosh is very warm sounding. Silver interconnects from your source to your McIntosh. I agree, ditch the equalizer... more wires to contend with.  Upgrading the fuse. Makes a difference! Yes on a power conditioner. A us... 
I am about to embark on my next upgrade journey
Room correction. I recently added a McIntosh Men220 room correction unit to my system. It dramatically changed the sound for the better. I may do a full on report if anyone is interested. But, one of the big things it did was to align all of the p... 
A persistent hummmm...
We have multiple dimmers in our house. Noise is reduced by not turning them on or running them in bright. They are not even on the same circuit. Something to think about.   
Tekton Open Baffle Speakers
I own GR-Research's NX-Oticas, paired with a set of Double Trouble subwoofers. They are all open baffle speakers, I power them with a McIntosh MA12000.  I went down to GR-Research and listened to Danny's NX-Extremes which are one step above my NX... 
A great interconnect between Soulution 751 and 725
Buy high end used. AudioQuest Wel balanced for example. They were top of the line 5 years ago and are now priced at a 75% discount from original prices. In my opinion, it is hard to go too wrong.   
Lumin Hifi Rose or Aurender
I am a Lumin lover, T2 with SBooster. I went to my local brick and mortar store and tested every streamer they had. Bluesound, I believe the Aurender and a couple of others. The Lumin was by far the best.  Only your ears matter! I also recently i... 
Help us build our playlist for our next show in November!
I'd love to see the final list you came up with! Could you post it here like you posted the previous list on Tidal? Thanks!  
Lumin U2 vs Aurender N200
I have a Lumin T2 with SBooster. I have found the dac inside of it sounds better than the dac2 in the McIntosh. I have read/heard that the dac2 in the McIntosh is on par with a standalone dac in the $1500 range.  My test bed was Lumin into a Ma27... 
Quick Question About Power Cables
I replaced the stock fuse in my Lumen T2 with a Synergistic Master fuse and the result was impressive and unmistakable. Much better soundstage and dynamics. Better bass too! Anyone who denies that tweaks work, hasn't tried them. All they do is sp... 
Lumin X1 and Upgraded DC umbilical cord for power supply.
At present, I only have a Lumin T2, But I did upgrade to an SBooster power supply and after about a year I upgraded the stock fuse to a Synergistic Master fuse. I ran it for about 200 hours for break-in and then I flipped it the other direction. T... 
Is it still worth buying a Lumin x1 in 2023?
Greetings, I currently own the T2 with an SBooster. I recently changed the fuse in the SBooster to a Synergistic Master fuse. I was Very impressed with the difference. Although a touchy topic, fuses do matter as does direction. I put the fuse in a...