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Holo May KTE vs. Lampizator Atlantic 3 TRP vs. Mola Mola Tambaqui
@bh123 i have a Baltic 3 that was upgraded to V4 with the new "engine 11" digital section, swapped the stock tubes for the following: -Emission Labs EML274B EMM rectifier -The larger tubes behind the rectifier are RCA VT99 6F8G with adaptors to ... 
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
@pwdmark agreed, Alvin is a good guy, he's not the one calling the shots at Denafrips, he knows most likely this is not recieved well by Westerners, but FYI culturally it's common practice in China. I sold my Terminator II last year and bought a L... 
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
Damn $150 less than retail too, please post component upgrades to the 15th when published 🙏   
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
Wow, it would be a world premiere first in hifi if you paid for the most up to date version AND GET A PREVIOUSLY UNANNOUNCED UPGRADED VERSION FOR NO UPCHARGE!!! Suffice to say I am eagerly awaiting further updates!  
Eversolo or Aurender: Options and Opinions
Yeah seems like the Innuos Pulsemini is the way to go for your budget new so you get a warranty. If you end up spending more get the Lumin U2 mini, great product 👌 I have the U1 and its software is flawless and the SQ is remarkable for the price.  
why expensive streamers
You go to Munich and visit the $1M rooms for the oligarchs and what do you see for streamers? Mostly Aurender at around $25K, not saying Aurender is the best, I'm just saying $25K is the benchmark ie at that end of the market streamers are seen a... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
FYI based on a recent email (today) with Doug at CODA, at minimum any S5.5 manufactured in 2023 is also "current spec" parts and topology. He did not choose to elaborate on precisely when the current S5.5 spec was introduced.  As for the Class A ... 
Is there anything other than a Benchmark DAC?
You can't talk about tube DACs without mentioning Lampizator, you could get an Amber 4 for $4K but frankly given the quality of the other components in your systems you really don't want the weak link to be your source, you should really be lookin... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@aolmrd1241 NP and just as a kinda related aside, I just heard the new Diablo 333 at a dealer in LA and, WHOA, what an amp. My 300 is amazing but Gryphon have outdone themselves with the 333 (I heard it as part of an all-Gryphon system). They had... 
What did a good 10 MHz clock do for your Gustard R26?
@magon yeah maybe cut bait and run if you're not happy, return the clock and sell the R26, the aftermarket price for them is pretty decent. I've owned a Denafrips Terminator II (sold it to fund a Lampizator Baltic V4) and would recommend the bran... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@yyzsantabarbara those Bryston amps were clear, neutral, dynamic and resolving, but the tonal characteristics of acoustic instruments were never "right" to my ears in my system, for whatever reason. A little "grey". The NAD was "grey" as well, th... 
What did a good 10 MHz clock do for your Gustard R26?
@magon what settings are you using for filter and NOS mode? What cables are you using? Most importantly detail what your definition of imaging is, I find significant differences between people in how they define that parameter...  
What did a good 10 MHz clock do for your Gustard R26?
@vinylvalet +2 IME ie in my system the R26 is an imaging champ and not rolled off at all on top. Funny how system-specific all gear is, makes you wonder about the true value of reviews or even forum-combing for consensus on a particular piece of ... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@aolmrd1241  Some of these amps didn’t last in my system very long (the NAD and Kinki monos only 3-4 months, ie I just could not get some of the amps to sound right in my system) some were/are integrateds, and this list is in no particular order:... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@tmac1700 faster more dynamic and much more resolution yet less sibilance more refined more open/airy. Rare combination of sonic virtues. Despite the lower wattage vs the #8 it has zero problems driving any of my speakers including some B&W ...