cat_doorman

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Schiit - shipments stopped?
I have it on good authority that it’s only OP’s order on hold, because they’ve determined he’s a complete wanker. I expect there will soon be many posts about people receiving their Freya+ orders in record time. I actually had one delivered today ... 
Zu Soul Superfly
@mahughes have you ever tried running your speakers straight from the Hugo? I’ve heard of people doing that with efficient enough speakers. You need a special cable, but supposedly from the balanced out it can deliver 18W into 8 ohms. Might be an ... 
Schiit order issue - anyone receiving shipments?
If you don’t want to wait, then cancel your order. I’m sure someone else after you in the queue will be grateful. I’ve always gotten a prompt reply to any email inquiry.I’m sure part of delivering a quality product at a fair price doesn’t leave mu... 
Tubes for Schiit Saga
Try it with the stock tube. You probably won’t hate it, but if you do I’m not sure another tube will fix it. I’ve seen several 6SN7 shootouts, one was even using several Sagas and blind. A NOS tube can sound better, but ask yourself how much you a... 
Chord Qutest + MScaler
Here’s a video with that exact comparison https://youtu.be/34p6BbHtEKUI think it depends on if you need the headphone or XLR output.  
What improvement came first?
At first there was no goal of highest fidelity and reproducing recognizable sound at all was fairly impressive. Then pretty much every improvement could be considered low hanging fruit. It would just be a matter of doing the best you can in your o... 
What made you put together your first 2nd system?
I guess I’m asking because I might be nearing that point. I lived in a series of small studio and 1 bedroom apartments for many years, so I never had the room for another system until I bought a house. I’ve only had a TV for the past few years (fo... 
How much of your total "equipment" budget should be for your room and acoustics?
I think people often overlook the other end of the diminishing returns curve - effective minimums. I don’t think straight percentages convey useful information without enough caveats and exemptions to render them useless. One acoustic panel isn’t ... 
DAC Choices - $5,000 to $7,000
Aqua La Voce or La Scala might be up your alley and bracket your budget. They are R2R/FPGA DACs. I have no actual experience with them, but find the implementation and approach intriguing. Some day.  
Musical Fidelity A-Series: which is the best of this group?
My utterly biased opinion is A300 because it is a much bigger number. Also I am assuming I knew what I was doing when I bought one 20 years ago to pair with some Dynaudio floorstanders aiming for neutral. I think at least some of those other model... 
Why is there no love for Prima Luna?
First off, I don’t accept the premise of your question. A few negative comments and a bunch of positive ones do not equate to “no love”. There are plenty of quotes about judging success by the enemies you’ve made. It would be hard to argue against... 
Tube Amp lower power vs higher power and cruising volume
70W vs 42W is only 2.2dB. You can almost get that by leaning forward in your chair. I got a DPHP because at the time my speakers were lower sensitivity and I wanted a little extra headroom. I was in denial thinking I’d want broadcast volume thump ... 
DAC upgrade, new or used, $1000
The Node 2i has an optical in. I’ve never used it, and I think a stand alone DAC would still be a good move. It’s a combo 1/8” jack for analog in or toslink in. 
Audio Research LS/Ref or Primaluna EVO Preamp
I don’t know too many dealers that are willing to carry a product if the importer and distributor undercut them on price. It makes for a complicated relationship and limits the price flexibility. I’ve bought a few things from Upscale. Kevin can be... 
Ever Hear a Tube CD player?
I have an Ah! Njoe Tjoeb, but the drawer of the transport started wearing out after 10+ years of heavy use. Gave up fighting with it years ago, but was never really satisfied with its replacement. I’ve recently been thinking about dusting it off t...