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Backert Labs Rhumba preamp
@maguiar102 Can’t help you with recommending a SS preamp, haven’t used one in many, many years! I can tell you the Backert Rhumba is a great match with my Pass XA-25, and @jackd is right, the tube maintenance is nil for the Backert; it’s easy on i... 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
@toolbox149Vlad has a pair of 5977 tubes soldered together, and attached to a 9-pin adapter, which inserts into a standard 9-pin socket.  So there are two pairs of these = four 5977 tubes.  What's nice is you can roll a pair of your favorite 6922 ... 
Voodoo Power Cords
Nice review Larry! I really like the Voodoo power cables as well, but man, I can’t play at this level! Can’t wait to hear your latest when I get back out there! I’m sure it’s great! 
What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
For me, it was the Pass Labs XA-25; this is the one that made me finally move away from my 300b SET monoblocks! 
Orchid vs TUBADOUR III - Help me choose
That’s saying something @waltersalas since you’ve had some top notch DACs Chris!  Glad you are liking yours! I agree with Chris; at a minimum get it with upgraded caps, and roll better tubes into It to get the best out of the Tubadour III. You won... 
Considering switching to Tubes
I can never see my system without tubes! For the first time in a long time, I have switched from 300b SET monoblocks for a SS class A amp (the crazy goood XA25 amp from Pass). But..... I keep a tubed preamp (Backert Rhumba) and a tubed DAC (Audio ... 
New Cu foil caps: Miflex
They are quite huge, btw, especially the bigger values, e.g. 2.2uF, 3.3uF 
New Cu foil caps: Miflex
I’m wary of using bypass caps, especially in the signal path. Two parallel uneven paths of travel, wouldn’t that lead to some sort of smearing or slight phase issues with the sound? I dunno, never tried it. 
New Cu foil caps: Miflex
I haven’t heard them yet, but based on HumbleHomemadeHIFI’s review, they rated the Miflex a 13+.  My baselines are the excellent Intertechnik Audyn True Copper Max caps (12.5 rating) and the Jupiter Copper foil paper and wax caps (13.5 rating), so... 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
@emil according to @musichead it's a 2A, slo-blo, small (5x20mm); looks like it might be placed in the cavity in (above) the AC IEC, but I'm not 100% sure about that. 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
@lpretiring - I can answer this for you, since I had this exact email exchange with Vlad about the very same thing, as it is my concern as well. With the stock tubes (the two pairs of sub-miniature 5977 tubes, which incidentally have a pair instal... 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
@emil  Thanks! I found that after I posted the question.Has anyone compared this AM T3 to a Metrum Onyx, which is what I have. I think it’s an excellent DAC and I love it, but having a tubed DAC is something I’m considering as well. 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
Hey folks, what tube family does the Troubadour III use, and what’s the recommended tube to use ? Also, what is the fuse value?  I am finding it intriguing.... 
Just wanted to share that I got a new reviewing gig with Six Moons.com website
Congrats Teajay! I look forward to reading your future reviews at 6Moons! You haven’t steered me wrong yet, as I have built my system with some of the gear that you have reviewed very highly, e.g. a Backert Rhumba preamp, Tekton Impact monitors (a... 
Backert Labs Rhumba preamp
@rdoc  +1!!!!!100% agree that the Rhumba and XA25 combination is stellar!