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DAC DIRECT IN TO AMPLIFIER OR TO PREAMPLIFIER
I agree that it depends on the implementation. I’ve only come across a few DACs whose volume controls were worthy of being plugged direct into an amp. Some of my favorites here are the T+A SDV 3100 HV (which in all fairness has a true preamp stage... 
WhestTHREE signature phono pre vs. ModWright PH 9.0X
@mmcgill829 Congrats! Dan makes an incredible phono stage for sure! It will also benefit from an upgraded fuse and aftermarket power cables, and I preferred the unit with Reflektor 6H23 and Amperex PQ 6922 or 7308.   
Streamer with variable digital output
@dbrewer12345 Someone just posted a Modwright-modded Cambridge CXN V2 on USAudioMart. I have no affiliation with this seller, but this is an incredible streaming/DAC/preamp that can go straight into an amp. With the Modwright mods, it beats other ... 
T+A DAC 200 or WEISS 501
@milpai I think you will find the T+A DAC 200 to be superior to both the Wavelight and TT2. From personal experience, the DAC 200 is more organic. The Waveligut and the TT2 are quite different from each other such that the Wavelight is a bit round... 
Looking for a Warmer Sounding Phono Cartridge
Check out any of the Air Tight cartridges lower than the PC-1 Supreme and you will get incredible warmth with a hint of roundness at the top. This is true for the PC-1s, PC-1 Coda, PC-1, PC-7 and PC-9.  More affordable My Sonic Lab cartridges wil... 
MULLARD 12au7 longevity
Smaller input tubes can last 6,000-10,000 hours. That’s much longer than the larger output tubes that typically last 3,000 hours.   
Any point in upgrading stock cables for a LPS?
Yes, the quality of the power cable on an LPS can make a notable difference. When I had the EtherRegen switch, it wasn’t until I put an LPS with a very good power cable that it made it worth it. I would try on the LPS of the streamer first as it i... 
Cables for Aurender N150
@macg19 Congrats on getting the Reunion. It’s quite a good Ethernet cable for the price. Given its silver plated conductors, ensure about 100-200 hours for it to settle. You should hear an immediate difference off the bat with it, and it will like... 
Cables for Aurender N150
@txp1 The Audioquest Carbon USB is a bottleneck of that unit. I used one decades ago when I was just starting out. The DH Labs Mirage USB which @oddiofyl is using is many levels better and amongst one of the best on the market despite its lower pr... 
You’re An Independent Dealer, Which Companies And What Products Would You Represent?
@vonhelmholtz I won’t go into detail on my thoughts on how to get younger generations involved with 2 channel in the first place -- doing that is a lot of effort if they aren’t already interested! I instead tend to focus on opportunities with thos... 
You’re An Independent Dealer, Which Companies And What Products Would You Represent?
I’m the noob and underdog in this game. I started my dealership in April 2022, so it’s been less than 1.5 years. I’ve been selling used equipment due to my own audiophile gear swapping craze for years, and once I got to a good place, I decided to ... 
Amp Recommendations
Cambridge Audio EDGE W. Yes, Cambridge Audio. While much of their gear is considered mid-fi for the budget conscious, their 50th anniversary EDGE line is their attempt a cost-no-object product line. The EDGE W is absolutely the best amplifier I’ve... 
Upgrade from BS Node 2i?
If you are tech savvy and are searching purely for a music streamer and not a local file server, you can consider the Sonore OpticalRendu with a quality linear power supply. It will surpass many other “standalone” units that look a lot prettier fo... 
DH Labs power cables
@lcherepkai The connector and cryo-treatment (and new woven outer jacket) are the only differences between the Corona Cryo and standard Corona. The connectors on the Cryo deliver better conductance than the Wattgate ones on the standard. You can g... 
DH Labs power cables
I’ve been a fan of DH Labs since I started in this hobby and am now an authorized dealer for their cables. I’ve experimented with many manufacturers’ cables, and nobody can touch DH Labs from a performance-to-cost ratio. I pretty much personally o...