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Beautiful Colored Tube Preamp ($10k budget) to Pair w/ Very Accurate Monitors (PSI A25M)
dejayos I'd prefer a 6SN7 preamp tube personally. In addition to the CJ recommendation though, I'd look at: Aric Audio, Supratek, and the Don Sachas/Lynn Olson Raven preamp. I'd even reach out to Aric Kimball (Aric Audio), Don Sachs (Raven preamp... 
Interconnect priority
DAC to preamp, then preamp to amp  
Tube preamp topologies and music
gochurchgo I can highly recommend the tube amplifiers and preamplifiers of Aric Audio, and I agree that a "Push Pull" configuration might best provide what you are looking for. Give Aric Kimball (owner of Aric Audio) a call, he builds 7 different... 
Non-fatiguing speakers in $10K range?
mikhailark There are some really great recommendations already put forward, that are really helpful. If I were in your shoes with your listening tastes (and with your Accuphase), I'd pay attention to speaker sensitivity. Some thoughts if I were y... 
Help with high end bookshelf speakers
Renosteve 42 posts in, and we finally have your budget.....of course you've gotten recommendations all over the place because no one knew your price constraints. No need to replace any of your electronics, they are all very good. Some options to... 
Recommendations for really well-recorded music for high-end audio system demo
Several of the MTV "Unplugged" recordings, stripped down acoustic (mostly) and usually very well recorded: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots (hard to find MTV UK), Eric Clapton, 10,000 Maniacs, Lauryn Hill, Oasis, Florence and the Mach... 
How Long Should a First Watt SIT3 Last ?
Tonydennison (or anyone else considering a new solid state amp), I will echo yyzsantabarbara here. The CODA S5.5 is a magical 50 wpc class A SS amplifier, and should be on anyone's short list IMO. I've had mine for a few months, and it has excee... 
Need recommendations on 15ft speaker cables
I can highly recommend the Anti-Cables 4.2 Flex speaker cables, best "pre made" speaker cables that I've ever tried.....I use them on my Clayton Shaw Caladan and Buchardt Audio S400 MkII speakers. They come with a 30 money back guarantee policy, a... 
Ethernet cables
MWJ777 Great place to start is the Supra Cat 8, it's a really good cable for not much money. Just make sure to buy it from a good dealer. Madisound is a certified reseller, as is Sjofn HiFi on eBay. I use several Supra cables in my system, where ... 
All Hail the meek --yet mighty – NODE 2i
Been running a Bluesound Node 130, LHY LPS, to Denafrips Iris DDC, to Denafrips Pontus II DAC for nearly 3 years.....and it's been rock solid without failure, and sounds great. That said, a new Innuous/Aurender/Lumin will be feeding the Pontus by ... 
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
Fred I thought you had that combo, and glad to hear your experience. Good luck on the preamp, my new Aric Audio Motherlode XL has showed me how much a great preamp can tie a system together.  
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
audiostick Possibly not, but I did no do a direct comparison of the Pontus II to the Venus II.....I already had the Iris/Pontus combination set up, and wanted to see if the Venus II beat it; and for me it did not. The friend that owns the Venus t... 
Denafrips Pontus *15th* ?
A couple of points as a long time Denafrips Pontus II owner (1) I am one who directly compared a Pontus II/Iris DDC combination versus the Venus in my system....and preferred the Pontus II/Iris combo using an I2S connection. A Pontus II (whicheve... 
Cornwall IV vs. Volti Rival, Razz; Razz v. 1, 2, 3 -- what changed?
hilde45 Certainly understand about not wanting to have buyers remorse. If you're considering Tannoy, I'd also highly consider Fyne Audio. Fyne was started with the core of Tannoy's design team in 2017, after Tannoy was sold to a Chinese company.... 
Usher Mini Dancer 2 or Q Acoustics Concept 500 - Marantz PM Ki Ruby
prashanth14485 I get need to prioritize purchases, and like you will eventually be upgrading my streamer set up as well. Some have indicated that I'll no longer need the DDC after upgrade, but I'll let my ears be the judge. I leave the light on,...