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Chinese fake cables How fake, how good?
While there may be a handful of cases where sellers of these fake cables are selling seconds or even alternate runs from the same factory, the vast majority are nothing but replicas which are made to look like the real brand’s product but actually... 
VAS (Steven Leung) cartridge repair/retipping service?
@slaw - Your post would have some value if you included details of your experience to support your statement. Thanks for sharing! 
Acoustic BBQ “Doubled Smoked” USB cable
It would be helpful for any potential buyers to know what other USB cables you've had in your system to compare them to as a point of reference. Thanks for sharing your impressions. 
Roon Power Supply
@thinman2 - Are you connecting the Roon Nucleus via USB directly to your DAC (with this setup the PS would likely make the most significant difference), or using another Roon endpoint on your network? 
Roon Power Supply
Tough to beat Farad's super capacitor design and at a very reasonable price... please let us know your impressions once you get it. Enjoy it in the best of health! 
Roon Power Supply
I've read very positive reports on the Farad Super 3 which is a double regulated super capacitor linear power supply (LPS), and the 19V version is recommended with the Nucleus. https://faradpowersupplies.com/shop/en/home/51-15279-super3-power-supp... 
Lunim T2 vs Cary Audio DMS 600
The Lumin app is made available for Android devices but its interface and functionality are still noticeably better on iOS devices. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
@ron17 - I don't think either is using the preamp since its display is flashing through the entire video which indicates it's set in mute. 
Lumin X1 or dCS Bartok
@4425 - The Lumin X1 is a streamer and DAC which retails in the US for $13,990. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
@riaa, Just a point of clarification regarding Luxman's change in distribution. Their US pricing was significantly reduced since Luxman setup Luxman US and assumed responsibility for their own distribution. So the previous distributor was not at f... 
VPI Turntable Motor Pop - Did I Damage My Analog System?
A possible explanation would be that a ground from the tonearm was secured by the arm base mounting, and when it was loose it caused the pop you experienced when switching the motor. Once you secured the mount the ground connection was made resolv... 
Floor standing speaker recommendations new or used, $10,000 and under
@soma70 - The Revel Ultima Salon2 speakers retail new at $22K per pair. You might be thinking of their smaller Studio2 which retail for $16K per pair. 
Sonnet Audio Morpheus
@ducatirider - The Sonnet Audio Morpheus (and the Metrum DACs) only decode PCM, no DSD support at all. In order to play DSD files you would need to convert them to PCM either before playback or on the fly.DSD over PCM (DoP) is not PCM, but is the ... 
Lumin X1 or dCS Bartok
If you want to avoid having an additional networked computer to run Roon Core, there are NAS setups which some find sufficient to run it while also providing your library file storage. 
Why Don't Local Audio Dealers Provide Tube Testing Services When They Sell Tube Gear?
Testing tubes for audiophiles requires much more than simply running them briefly on a tube tester. If it was that simple and people would pay $10 per tube for that it might be a viable business opportunity for existing dealers. Most testers can c...