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RAAL 1995 headphones, Magna and Immanis
Test RAAL 1995 IMMANIS - Musicalhead The best headphones in the world? The new RAAL 1995 IMMANIS is without a doubt the best headphones I have been able to listen to to this day and raises the playback via ear speakers to a completely new level... 
Sound Impressions - Benchmark HPA4/LA4 in use with a quality vinyl rig?
Another preamp I can suggest is the Holo Audio Serene. It is very similar to the HPA4 with a tinge of warmth. It actually measures a bit better than the HPA4. I wanted to get a second HPA4 for my office system, but I thought I would try the Serene... 
Help me understand the current amp market
Pilium, for example, is getting a lot of buzz, but the CEO is an ex gym owner that’s an audio enthusiast and not an electrical engineer. I feel the same way with DACs. Companies charging 6k to add an optional DAC module into an already overpric... 
Sound Impressions - Benchmark HPA4/LA4 in use with a quality vinyl rig?
I had some fatigue issues with the system that had the LA4. I tried changing difference speaker cables and that resulted in the issue moving around to different frequency levels. I bit the bullet and bought the Audience Front Row speaker cable tha... 
Looking for comparisons between CD transports
I have an OPPO BDP-83 that I got used for $200 and use it with this device to play SACD and CD. The HDMI out of the OPPO delivers DSD or PCM. It sounds amazing with the Schitt Yggi+ and Benchmark DAC3B both via SPDIF. My frame of reference is the ... 
Should I cash in?
There will be a day when you wished you could play your disks. Maybe the internet is down, or you have that killer version of DSOTM on SACD that is not available on streaming services, or you have not converted your disks to FLAC. You can play th... 
New DAC issues
@zlone I would have PASS look at it or send you the solder they use. When I was putting back together my totally messed up Thiel CS3.7 speaker the Thiel tech in Kentucky (forgot his name) sent me some solder they use on the Thiel speakers. That wa... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
I am going to pick up a used CODA S5.5's when people decide they want more power. I think it will be great with the soon to purchase RAAL 1995 Immanis headphone. I have something like 5 ways to play those phones, one of them being the $800 Schitt ... 
why expensive streamers
@8th-note I simply would not expect the streamed file to sound better than the CD played through the same DAC. If it did then I would question the quality of my CD gear. If my PC is somehow adding noise or corrupting the file then I can’t hear ... 
why expensive streamers
I recommend a streamer with a fibre optic option. A Lumin X1 DAC/streamer or their brand-new streamer based on the X1. It is not cheap. I compared my much cheaper Sonore OpticalRendu with the Lumin X1 using fibre for both, and they sounded differ... 
Amp vs Preamp
There are also vendors that provide home trials. The preamp I use does that, the Benchmark HPA4.   
New DAC issues
The 2017 TAS review of the Yggi that raved about it and compared it $20k DACs said it needed 1 month of break-in. My Yggi+ OG has about 100 hours and a few days ago I was getting some fatigue while using my slightly bright RAAL CA-1a phones with a... 
Amp vs Preamp
In my 2 systems I use a preamp that I wanted to add as little to the sound as possible. I let the amp, speakers, and sources dictate the sound. My preamps are the Holo Audio Serene and the Benchmark HPA4. Only way I do this now.  
Pre Amp break-in balance issue
If you are a ROON user, then the following thread may help as a stop gap solution. Audiogon Discussion Forum I own a Sanders Magtech amp and I use it with a Magnepan LRS+ speakers. What a combo and I am so lucky I changed my mind about selling t... 
Why is my expensive streamer to my DAC better than sending Roon or my Mac directly to DAC
When you connect a PC directly to the DAC you are opening up a pathway for PC noise to get into the DAC. Not good. Your Lumin isolates that network noise and sends a clean signal to the DAC. A PC added to network can also add noise to the network...