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Magnepan 3.7i amp pairing
I am using the PS Audio BHK 300 monoblocks with my 20.7s and also used them with my 3.7s.  Used price should be around $6500.  They are fantastic.  
Youtube audiophile hi res sounds MUCH better than my Eversolo streamer
I'm pretty sure the percussion on this album will equal or exceed anything you can get on YouTube.  If it doesn't sound fantastic on your system you are doing something wrong.   https://open.qobuz.com/album/wnhlpchice5oc  
What did a good 10 MHz clock do for your Gustard R26?
When I owned the R26 I found the LHY OCK-2 external clock with a LMR400 cable made a significant difference in how it sounded.  Amazingly, cables do matter and the do require quite a bit of burn in.  I though it added tonal density and presence.  ... 
Those rare albums that are great on first listen.
@bdp24 ​​​​@immatthewj I'm not intending to maintain the playlist.  I made it collaborative so that you and anybody else here can add their choices.  I decided to ignore posts with more than 5-6 albums because it was too much work but if you want ... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
@audphile1 Have you listened to any of the DACs you mentioned and compared them directly to the R26?  I have compared the R26 directly to the Eversolo A6, A8, ANK 4.1x LE, PS Audio Directstream MK2, Berkeley Audio Alpha Reference 2 MQA, and Holo M... 
Puritan 136 vs 156 for simple system
I have to disagree with @audphile1 about upgrading your DAC unless you are prepared to spend $4500 on a used Holo May KTE it is unlikely you will actually hear any significant improvement over the R26 with a lesser DAC.  If you want to upgrade the... 
Those rare albums that are great on first listen.
I made a playlist of some of the suggestions.  I got a little bored so stopped after the first page.  I also ignored posts with more than 5-6 suggestions and I did exercise a tiny bit of editorial discretion.  Also, if the album didn't come up imm... 
Decware Sarah 300B Amp?
@danager You left something off:  "All Decware amplifiers come with a 30 day in-home trial with a 10% restocking fee."  So 10% non-refundable deposit or a 10% restocking fee.  Buyer beware.  
Decware Sarah 300B Amp?
Keep in mind that the Decware deposits are non-refundable.  They don't highlight that on their site or when you place an order but if you try to cancel they won't give you your money back.  I'll never buy anything from them.  
Record Store Day 2024?
I think the pricing and artificially created scarcity of RSD are obscene.   
Comparing Aurender N20 vs eversolo dmp A8
The A8 is a fantastic piece of gear for the money.  I don't use it just as a streamer though I will if they ever get it Roon Ready.  But the DAC in the A8 has performed extremely well compared to other high end DACs I have compared it to.  I have ... 
Digital Speaker Balance Control with ROON
You don't have to set a distance if you don't want to.  You can simply specify a + or - dB adjustment for each channel in that Speaker Setup filter.  It works extremely well.  I use it to adjust for a slight deficit in my left ear so add a dB to t... 
Audio Research Pre-Amp advice
@tomic601 I also have an ARC Ref 5SE and love it.  But if you haven't replaced the tubes for 6000 hours you should really do that.  The 6H30 and 6550 tubes are cheap and the manual recommends replacing them every 4000 hours.  It is likely that the... 
Advice needed on upgrading tonearm for VPI SCOUTMASTER
VPI has made so many similar sounding turntables and tonearms it is difficult to give you advice as to what would be an upgrade over what you have.  I had the VPI Aries Scout with a 9" JMW arm and currently own the VPI Super Scoutmaster with the 1... 
HFT High Frequency Transducer
@hififuchs millercarbon was banned from Audiogon years ago.  Not sure if he has ever come back under a different ID.