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Preamp under $2,000 used
Initm, when you said "I've reviewed Levinson, Ayre and Parasound Halo JC" did you own those and didn't like them?  
Need tube preamp recommendations please
  @emil   I'm in a similar situation looking for a tube pre in the $2k price range.     What I did was I acquired a couple tube pre's that had good reviews: deHavilland Ultraverve III and Don Sachs DS 2, but then last week also acquired a Pass... 
Preamp dillema for McCormack Ultra Platinum
Soix, I have a Don Sachs DS 2 that I use with my DNA-1, very nice pre, all the detail of my Pass XP-10, but with a touch of tube magic. Another good choice are the DeHavilland pre's -- lush and warm sound, the Ultraverve version has gain control t... 
Magnepan Owners
I received the upgrade kit -- I believe this has improved the overall clarity, but especially noticing the bass seems less boomy, and I thought I didn't have boom, haha. I'm using two Vandersteen 2Wq's with the Q set at 2, for those who know. IOW ... 
Stereo Preamp to pair with Carver
+1 Dehavilland Ultraverve 3 highly recommended. With the NOS Sylvania VT231/6SN7GT it hits the next level of being sweet and delicate. Offers the  transparency of a passive, and a huge soundstage. IMO you will not be disappointed with this pre.  
Best Speakers with a DNA-1?
@ctsooner Now that I’ve had a chance to compare the LSA to tubes, I feel like the LSA adds very little coloration to the signal. The design seems as simple as it gets, using light to attenuate the signal, a pure genius idea wouldn’t you say? And f... 
Best Speakers with a DNA-1?
I'll share my experience: I've enjoyed my DNA-1 Rev. A through  Magnepan 1.7's for a few years.  Last year I integrated a pair of  2WQ subs which improved the sound  with robust lower notes. Two weeks ago I purchased a tube pre made by Don Sachs t... 
Best used or new DAC under $3500
+2 Holo Spring, streamed to HQPlayer. HUGE soundstage via DSD.   
Polycarbonate Disc Bliss: The CD is alive and well
Ahmad Jamal, "Blue Moon" was referred to me a few years ago. I still use the song "Morning Mist" as a reference to evaluate equipment.  
Lightspeed Attenuator - Best Preamp Ever?
"Just make sure with the seller, that it has a 2.1mm plug, and that centre is positive..."--or--If you already have the TeraDak, use the 2.1mm plug from it. 
Denafrips Ares DAC has arrived... need help with Oppo connectivity
Agree with david_ten, try another source. Perhaps the Oppo blocks the external dac from use somehow (says the guy with no real knowledge of how this stuff works). Or the use of USB creates a problem (ditto).  
Denafrips Ares DAC has arrived... need help with Oppo connectivity
Interesting you heard no difference. I've never heard two dac's that sound exactly the same. I've tried a few, including the Ares. I would suspect something is amiss in your setup, or  a shortcoming somewhere in your system that doesn't reveal the... 
Warm, lush and dark ... Dac up to 1.2K
I suppose you'd enjoy the AudioGD Singularity 19; not bright, not super clear, dark, absolutely accurate timber -- every instrument sounds real. It was the opposite of what I like at the moment -- clarity and inner detail. Best of luck to you!~Tom 
McCormack DNA-1 Gold or DNA-225
I have a DNA-1 Deluxe with the SMc Audio Revision A; in 2014 I had SMc upgrade AC inlet to Furutech and replace internal wiring with Shunyata Cohergenic (Steve’s suggestion). Great amp became even better.If it works for you, I also recommend the L... 
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