Responses from charles7

Best Options For A Tubed Preamp - $2500 Or Less, Preferably Used To Maximize Value
Van Alstine Transcendence RB 10.  
Help With New Preamp Decision
Van Alstine Transcendence RB 10. Just what I needed (ha ha) between a great DAC and a class A amplifier.    
Bypass the op-amp input buffer - only Audiophonics?
Thank you. The Audiophonics option of bypassing the input buffer proved unneeded to me. The RME ADI FS-2 DAC can be set at -5, -1, +7, or +13 dBu, and the Boxem class D amp, for example, offers input sensitivities of 9.4, 3.74, or 1.79 V at 8 ohms... 
Who owns / owned a First Watt F4, and what are your experiences with it ?
Nelson Pass' FirstWatt F8 does a great job driving Focal Aria 9xx and Spendor A1 speakers - from experience.  
Opinions about Daniel Hertz
Daniel Hertz is an audio equipment guy. Lol.  
Eliminated my preamp with amazing results
The RME ADI-FS DAC has a volume control. It is a top-notch digital implementation; I believe the claim that the sound quality is the same no matter how low the volume setting. I turned my preamp volume to near maximum, then raised the DAC volum... 
Pass Labs XP32 or XP22?
I'm happy with a FirstWatt F8 driven by a Van Alstine Transcendence RB 10 preamp.  
getting into streaming
Have a home wifi network, with a computer on it? A device like a Denon HEOS2 receives streams via wifi and outputs them via TosLink or USB, which you can feed into your Accuphase. Use an Android app like BubbleUPnP to control things.  
What speakers work with low wattage class A amps
A FirstWatt F8 amplifier (by Nelson Pass) drives my Focal Aria 906's just fine, even though the speakers are rated at only 89.5 dB sensitivity. So does a Quicksilver integrated amp. The listening room is moderate size, not a big bare box. The F8 ... 
Unscrupulous ebay buyers
If you have a local craigslist in your city, and if it has a reasonable amount of audiophile equipment activity, it works best. You and the other party meet, you make the exchange, and you are done. The downside is that you may wait a long time. ... 
Ray Charles - "Rap is not music"
Most rap is heard out of vehicle speakers over-amped to severe distortion, bass-heavy to the point of pneumatic force on the stomachs of the involuntary listeners.    
Analyzing DACs
I pair a JDS-Lab_Atom DAC to a Van Alstine Transcendence RB 10 preamp. The JDS is well-rated on ASR, is inexpensive, and sounds better than the DAC built into a HEOS2 box, for example. I put the money into the Van Alstine. It is moderately expens... 
Van Alstine pre-amplifiers
Van Alstine Transcendence RB 10 feeds a FirstWatt F8. No exaggeration of richness, and no defects, no brightness and no muddy bass. Just an excellent and accurate musicality.  
Tube Preamp --> Solid State Amp
@chocaholic  First, I must correct that my amp is an F8, not F7. Rated 15 dB gain. My Focals are the 906 Arias, rated 89.5 dB sensitivity.   No problem with volume. My ears are 8 feet from the speakers. They never sound as though they have not re... 
Tube Preamp --> Solid State Amp
You can run the output from a tube preamp into one of the integrated amp inputs. As noted in a previous post, you don't want a preamp with high gain. In any case, you would experiment with combinations of the two volume controls to find the best s...