rhtowson

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Phono Stage in inputs for 2 tonearms
McIntosh MP100 Phono Preamplifier with Moving Coil and Moving Magnet inputs, both with adjustable loading for the best impedance match, lots of output options...  
I need a extension cord with
Emotiva's CMX6+ is made from machined aluminum, has been on the market for years, and gets good reviews. It's about $200 or so directly from Emotiva: https://emotiva.com/collections/accessories/products/cmx6  
USB output on latest Bluesound Node
@dinosore Thank you for catching my mistake; my Node is indeed an N130. Sorry for the bad info!  
USB output on latest Bluesound Node
Similar experience to @jzzmusician - my Bluesound Node 2i was originally connected via coax to the DA1 DAC in my MAC7200. I updated the player from the app, unplugged the power cable from the player, removed the coax, connected the USB and powere... 
Handling Heavy Amps
Ran into the same thing with my MAC7200. It arrived via FedEx, double boxed and strapped to a pallet. The driver took it off the pallet and rolled it into the house on a hand truck. A couple of local AV installation guys unboxed it and placed it... 
CD player/transport with exposed tubes?
McIntosh MCD12000...  
Has anyboyd used this amp, your thoughts on it
I've enjoyed a Glow One amplifier for several years in my second system and suggest that you give them a look. A bit more than the one in the link you posted, but they are hand built with end-to-end wiring and no PC boards and can be found on the... 
any current integrated amps in market have great dacs?
The DAC in McIntosh’s integrateds is a Digital Audio Module that can be replaced by future modules to stay up to date with the latest digital audio technologies - a very good strategy. My MAC7200 came from the factory with the DA1 module installe... 
Bluesound recent update 4.0 tanked sound quality ???
My streaming subscriptions are with Amazon Music and Sirius XM. I took the upgrade yesterday and haven't noticed any change in SQ but will be more observant today. Not to go too far off topic, but I'm disappointed in the lack of basic functional... 
Upgrading preamp. Best for under $1K
These are well-reviewed and fit nicely within your budget - some include tuners: https://emotiva.com/collections/pre-amps Have fun and enjoy!  
Digital music questions
Sorry - forgot to mention that Apple Music isn't native to the Bluesound and if you use it with a Bluesound, it will have to be streamed thru your phone and then via AirPlay to the Bluesound.  
Digital music questions
I use a Bluesound Node connected via coax to the DAC1 in my McIntosh MAC7200. Bluesound's coax connection bypasses it's internal DAC enabling me to use the MAC's internal DAC and features. It sounds great. The Bluesound interface / control is via... 
I'm thinking about a low watt tube amplifier?
I've really enjoyed my Glow Amp One. It's a Single Ended Tube Amplifier, 5 watts per channel. Don't know about your speakers, but it does a great job with my older Bose Acoustimass speakers.