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DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@antigrunge2   My experience is that anything that can be done to improve clocking between server & DAC is worth it.  I can’t speak about MSB simply because I have never had a unit in to spend lots of time with but dCS definitely and Rockna an... 
Any High End Tube Preamps with *gasp tone controls?
When you say “high end”, I unsure exactly what level you are looking at. The best unit I am aware of is the AVM PA8.3 preamp. You customize the design by choosing the cards you want included and it has both tube as SS output choices and tone contr... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@nickolaspappas  Sorry for late reply to this.  Things have been a little crazy this month.  One thought that would allow you to maintain a bit of performance is to use a Lumin U2.  I would allow you to maintain your interface while upgrading your... 
What are the best GaN Amplifiers available today?
GaN amps are not unlike other amps and each manufacturer has a slightly different interpretation and the resulting sound can be quite different.  I have a customer who just did an Atmasphere vs. AGD test.  Both amps are great.  He liked the AGD be... 
Classe vs Luxman any thoughts on the Stereo power amps?
I would definitely take Luxman over Classe.  There are other brands I like better but in the binary, this is an easy one.    
What speaker could safely be ordered without hearing it first?
Maybe and it is very straight forward.  Speakers are going to sound good or bad based on the room you are in and the equipment you have paired with it.  If you have no equipment and will build the system speakers first, any speaker can be ordered ... 
DAC UPGRADE QUESTION
There are lots of questions to ask here.  Are you happy with the Qutest?  Are you just seeking more?  Is anything missing?  Tonally, is they system good? The obvious step would be a TT2 if everything is perfect and you just want more.  If somethi... 
Subs with room correction DSP?
I have been pleasantly surprised with the ease of setup of my Perlisten subs.  The DSP was so easy to setup I thought I must be doing something wrong.  There are several subs that use in-room feedback and re-calculate output in realtime.  They sta... 
New DACs High End Munich 2023
I have a customer who just traded in an Lampizator Amber 4 with VC for a Bricasti M3.    
$50k - $80k Budget…Opinions please.
Start with the room.  This defines what speakers you can fit and work with.  How big is it?  How is current damping?  Can you treat it, etc...  Once that is defined I suggest selecting a speaker as your choice will be a function of the room and yo... 
Amp question with size constraints
An AGD Tempo power Amp and Alto preamp will solve your problem and sound MUCH better than your rega (and should since they are 10x the price).  They will easily fit on your shelf and will only require a .5M set of XLRs to connect.  The phono stage... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@willgolf Those are two of the DACs on my shortlist of units that are fine without a preamp.  I would also say the MSB Reference and Select would fit here, but MSB equips them with a full preamp stage.   After that, it is preamps equipped with ve... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
I am 100% certain I am bringing in and am going to test the NS1 streamer.  At some point I am sure I will hear the preamp but it is not a priority.  In my system I am using the Canor Hyperion P1 preamp.  It is rare that I hear any DAC that sounds... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
So I tested two more DACs recently as we have become Meitner/EMM Dealers and I have the MA3 and DA2 here.  First write up with be about the MA3 which is proving to be quite a phenomenal DAC considering its price point and feature set.   The MA3 i... 
Chord M-Scaler burn-in advice/input welcomed
So...give this a solid 100 hours before you consider any judgements and do not turn it on and off much over the first three weeks or so.  The more time it spends hot over the first three weeks the better.  Maybe shut it off an hour each day to let...