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New DAC or New Streamer?
@fthompson251 I am an Aurender dealer, but audiophile first, so take this with a grain of salt. I used to own a Modwright-modded CXN V2, the one with a tube stage, in a second system. While the upgraded DAC section was quite good, the streamer was... 
AES/EBU vs XLR cables for digital connection
@xboom Just for clarification, not that many DACs will reclock an AES signal. With the AES interface, the clock from the digital source is preferred and the internal DAC clock is generally not utilized. Of course, with USB, the DAC reclocks with i... 
Seeking Constructive Equipment Ideas
You should go to a few stores and figure out the speakers first. Wharfedale Lintons are attractive speakers, but they are not as clear and resolving as many other speakers. In a 12x12 room, I would worry about the space you can give them as they a... 
AES/EBU vs XLR cables for digital connection
@cooper52 You might get lucky using an analog interconnect (both regarding no signal dropouts and/or good sound quality) but there are reasons for using digital-specific interconnects: First, impedance is very important in supporting the timing a... 
T+A elektroakustik HV Series Components
@thyname I can help with the distinction. The PSD 3100 HV is a trickle down of the SDV for sure, and in the following ways: DAC SDV: True 1-bit conversion DSD 1024 PSD: Max DSD512   Analog Inputs SDV: one set balanced, one set RCA PSD: only... 
Streamers and their Fuses
Hey @brandonhifi - I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying about the W20SE and N30SA. The N30SA is typically more revealing and dynamic compared to the W20SE, which is more refined and relaxed. You’re right that the battery management... 
A cartridge with more bite, please and thank you
I unfortunately have not heard those cartridges, though I've heard a number of Soundsmith cartridges up to the Voice, and I like the higher-end ZYX. Maybe the ZYX has more bite, but I don't think I'd characterize the others to have much. For a dy... 
Japanese Luxman Integrated Amps
I've used a vintage Japanese 100V Luxman MQ-70 tube amp with a step up transformer from AcuPWR (quality US made transformers) with good results. Many people frown upon using transformers as they can increase the noise floor, and they generally dec... 
Primaluna. Evo 400 - bass issues
@jazzjunkie80923 Are you using the stock EL34 tubes? And are you sure your speaker cables are in phase? Are you using the 8 ohm taps or 4 ohm taps? Given the size of the room, your amp should be able to power these speakers sufficiently, even if ... 
B&W Nautilus 804 - bi amping
@kraftwerkturbo This is a common path, to use a strong class D amp to power woofers with something lower powered for the highs. The only challenge you will come across is gain matching, as a more powerful amp may also have stronger output gain (no... 
Streamers and their Fuses
@brandonhifi Glad to hear of your positive experiences after upgrading the fuse on your Aurender. I use the SR Orange in mine. I’ve heard really great things about the fuse you’re using from a friend who spends much more on audio than I do. I have... 
Rel Neutrik® Speakon DIY Cable
Yes, I have done this with DH Labs Q-10 bulk speaker cable and Neutrik Speakon connectors with great results. Full disclaimer, I am a DH Labs reseller.  
Question to those believing in speaker break in
You don't need to be playing loud. To break in woofers, I tend to like playing 20hz loops, where the woofers go a far distance without letting out much audible sound. For mids and drivers, just play different types of brown noise at 50-60db throug... 
Flat Screen Television behind speakers
The TV will cause more reflections that will make the sound both brighter and more smeared. I don’t think your speaker placement will matter too much based on what you are inquiring about. I prefer to keep my subs on the outside, which will result... 
How to match a Cartridge with the right phono preamp?
@erivera1990 I assume that you have the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, which is a 0.4mV output cartridge, as the Ortofon 2M Bronze is a MM cartridge. With your Puffin, I would try anything from 58-63dB in gain to see which adds the most dynamics without ...