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List your System Ingredients: Listed most to least expensive, by list price or price paid
Based on prices paid as adjusted for inflation:Speakers, DEQX Preamp/Processor, Power Amplifier, Phono Stage, Headphones & Headphone Amp,Turntable, CD Player, Record Cleaning Machine, Tonearm, Phono Cartridge, Isolation Products (platforms, ... 
Preamps... understanding volume...
To the OP: I took a look at the specs and descriptions of the six source components you listed. Some comments regarding driving the Odyssey Stratos Extreme directly from them:1) Note that the RME device only provides balanced outputs, and see the ... 
So I switched from XLR cables...
bdp24 6-17-2019 @captbeaver, have you verified that both the Mac and the Parasound (and your XLR cables) are wired in accordance with AES File 48? That is, Pin 1 is Ground, Pin 2 is Non-Inverted Signal, Pin 3 is Inverted Signal. As Ralph Karsten o... 
Preamps... understanding volume...
Unfortunately it appears that sensitivity is not specified at the Odyssey site for any of the Stratos amplifiers. Nor is gain, which in conjunction with the maximum power ratings could be used to calculate sensitivity. And I couldn’t find relevant... 
Preamps... understanding volume...
My plan is to go Mac Mini to a DAC/Preamp to a beefy amplifier to speakers with a sensitivity of 86 db at 2.8 Volts.If I had an all digital DAC/Preamp combo that maxed out at "line level", is that enough to reach reasonably loud levels? Since you... 
Tekton or Klipsch
Since at least in theory every component in the string influences the sound... what might the Rothwells do? There have been conflicting reports here about the Rothwells. Some people have reported finding that they compromised dynamics; others (in... 
Tekton or Klipsch
Even now with the Kef’s i rarely go past 9 o’clock position. Sometimes maybe 10 when I’m listening to vinyl.That’s definitely a problem, if you want to continue to use the Brio-r with one of the high sensitivity speakers that have been discussed. ... 
Tekton or Klipsch
A point to consider in going from the LS50 to one of the high sensitivity speakers that have been discussed is that if you are using a digital source (as opposed to or in addition to LPs), the somewhat highish gain of your integrated amp (the gain... 
Stumped by preamp-amp issues
Its also odd, to me, that two very different products have the same LED arrangement and trigger on the same phenomenon..... Odd indeed. But if a high amplitude subsonic oscillation is coursing through both components, per the phenomenon described... 
Stumped by preamp-amp issues
@cflayton,This brings to mind an issue that was discussed in the following thread, in which someone was seeking an explanation as to why changing the input impedance of his amp from 100K to 47K cured a problem in which the amp’s bias would fluctua... 
Tone, Tone, Tone !
What are YOUR priorities in a speaker ...? Hi Prof,In my case I agree wholeheartedly that tonality and timbre are priority number one when it comes to selecting a speaker. What can be confounding, though, is that perceived tonality and timbre are... 
Balanced Tube Preamp Recommendations for $2000
The Calypso’s balanced output impedance (measured by Stereophile to be 112 ohms at 1 kHz and above but a very high 3900 ohms at 20 Hz) is marginal at best with respect to the balanced input impedance of the XA30.5 (spec’d at 30K and measured as 29... 
Stumped by preamp-amp issues
I took a look at the manual for the amp, which I found at hifiengine.com. I see that when its "normal" or "inverted" RCA inputs are used RCA shorting plugs should be inserted into the other of those inputs, but RCA shorting plugs should NOT be ins... 
Sub wiring help, high level speaker terminal to RCA line level Sub inputs
One other thing that I was thinking about is the effect on the audio signal after being amplified multiple times over if using the Speaker level outputs. So the pre-amp is slightly amplifying the signal, which is then fed to a power amp that is ag... 
Sub wiring help, high level speaker terminal to RCA line level Sub inputs
LC-1 cables plus a pair of Audioquest splitters would be a much safer bet IMO than MSA-1 cables in a y-configuration, and the greater the length of the cables the more true that would be.While there have been various reports and/or claims here to ...