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What gear do you want to demo?
Diptyque audio - Hauts-parleurs plans Haute-Fidélité - Home Compare this to the Magnepan LRS+ I own Playback Designs | the finest audio playback in the world The guy who made them is at the head of the class for DAC design RAAL... 
Mola Mola Tambaqui Roon vs Separate Streamers
Nagra DACs get PlayBack Designs digital boards. They also do not get the best PBD boards. Those are saved for the cheaper PBD DACs (relative to Nagra). I read this in an interview with the PBD designer Andreas Koch.  
Requesting opinions about 4 specific amplifiers
I owned the CODA CSib integrated amp and the KRELL K-300i integrated. Both are really good as others have stated. However, separates are better. I tried a lot of preamps (including the CODA 07x) with the KRELL Duo 175XD, CODA #8, CODA #16, and Ben... 
KEF LS50 Meta
When I was considering upgrading from my LS50 Meta + KC60 sub in a small room. I was questioning the merits of an upgrade since the system sounded great. I audition the $15k TAD ME-1 standmounts, I thought it was better than the LS50 but not 10x b... 
Beth Gibbons - Lives Outgrown
Listening to this on my Magnum Dynalab 108T tuner, a great unit. My great sounding NPR station is playing the song, "Beyond the Sun" and it sounds amazing sonically. It is also a very nice song.  My ROON is down today (likely from an update) and ... 
Requesting opinions about 4 specific amplifiers
My listening experience with SimAudio has made me think of them as a neutral amp. if the Dynaudio Confidence 20 sounds good with the SimAudio then I would try it with the much cheaper Benchmark AHB2 stereo amp. The AHB2 monos are not likely needed... 
RAAL 1995 headphones, Magna and Immanis
Reviews are starting to come in. RAAL 1995 Magna & Immanis review | Darko.Audio If you question why nobody else offers over-ear ribbons if they are this spectacular, you’re not alone. I wondered, too. Here’s what I know. Aleksandar will cel... 
Sound Impressions - Benchmark HPA4/LA4 in use with a quality vinyl rig?
Send Rory Rail an email at Benchmark and ask him. He may be able to point you to some examples of such use cases.      
Listening Room
If you are a ROON user or have something similar. I use this in my office and it was a revelation compared to analog BALANCE control. Audiogon Discussion Forum If you want something as good as a great 2-channel but do not want to deal with the r... 
Is there anything other than a Benchmark DAC?
Since you are going through a tube preamp my suggestion is the Schitt Yggi+ MIB. For the longest time I thought Schitt was mid-fi gear. However, after buying the Jotehuim R headphone amp for my RAAL headphones I started to try out more of their ge... 
KEF LS50 Meta
The KEF LS50 Meta are great speakers in a smallish room with the KEF KC62 sub. I used them with the Benchmark AHB2 amp, CODA #8 amp, and KRELL Duo 175XD. They were all great combos. I gave my LS50 Meta to my nephew and got the cheaper Magnepan LR... 
Is there anything other than a Benchmark DAC?
I have a Benchmark DAC3B. It is a bit too hot on top if you have a very neutral system. However, with a slightly warmer system it is very good. The soundstage is not the biggest but that is a first world problem for me. I will be keeping the DAC l... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@markmuse the high current #16 is the best amp I have tried on the LRS+. However, a $16k amp on a $1k speaker is a bit of a misalignment of funds. The Sanders Magtech is more than powerful enough to drive the LRS+ and sounds almost as good. Roger ... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
My LRS+ would likely not sound great with the S5.5. I spoke to Doug at CODA about using the S5.5 with the Yamaha NS5000 or the harder to drive Magnepan LRS+ and after my comment that powerful amps sounded the best on these 2 speakers, he said the ... 
Desktop preamp DAC for Focal Shape 50
I would look in the Schitt product lineup. I have a Schitt Mjolnir V3 that sounds really good. I use it as a second preamp in my Livingroom, but it is perfect on a desktop (no remote). Schiit Audio: Audio Products Designed and Built in Texas and ...