davehg

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What are you using as a streamer? Constructive feedback please.
I tried a number of streamers before committing to a Lumin T2. The Bel Estream was a disappointment, as was the a BlueSound. I did keep a Bluesound Powernode to power the inwalls in my dining room and kitchen, but for critical listening it was not... 
Can someone suggest a lush tube integrated under $3000 used
Another vote for the VAC Avatar - the SE version but not the Super version. 
Devore 0/96 - Integrated AMP help
@charles1dad and crandell25, the stock Bottlehead offerings are ok out of the box, but they really benefit from substituting higher end pieces. These custom amps are built by one of their lead designers (a friend) who is sourcing some rare iron, a... 
Devore 0/96 - Integrated AMP help
Late to this thread. I’ve owned the Nines and now the 0/96. I’ve heard many of the amps mentioned here and owned several too, including the Air Tight and more recently the Leben 600x. The Leben is a terrific amp, and the 600x is essentially many a... 
Speakers for triode tube amps
I’ve had good success with Devore - first the Nines and more recently, the O/96s. They do well with 20wpc, and have a similar sonic character. Also consider an older pair of Merlin TSM, either the MM or MMe, great monitors though may prefer a sub ... 
What DAC upgrade made you say “DAMN, that sounds SO MUCH better than my last DAC”?
In the mid 2000’s, I auditioned the Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC. That was an audible wow. I kept that DAC for 15 years.Traded it in for a Lumin D2 so I could play hi Rez streamed audio, and I kept it for two years. Demoed a Lumin T2 and withi... 
Seeking Feedback from Leben CS-600x Owners
Finally past the break-in period, and I am super happy with the 600x. A few things helped eliminate some grit and glare: swapped the line stage tubes with NOS Sylvania and CBS tubes, which mellowed things out. Amp is warm, rich, musical, and while... 
Seeking Feedback from Leben CS-600x Owners
I just picked up my 600x today and only have about 4 hours on it, but I’ve heard I may need 50+ hours to let the caps fully burn in before forming an opinion. But until then:- very gutsy amp, with plenty of power for Devore Nines. Really turns the... 
Any good tube headphones and headphone amps for vinyl playback?
I use a Woo WA5 and a WA22 headphone amp. The WA5 is awesome, and mates well with my Manley Chinook and VPI Prime, and works amazing as an integrated amp too. Every headphone I own sound amazing on it. The WA22 is great as a headphone only amp but... 
Roon ready streamer and DAC convo
Not sure your price point but Lumin D2 and T2 are wonderful  
Phono Stage, How much do I need to spend, New or used.
I started with an iphono and then moved to an EAR 834p, both used and under $1k. Good results with both. When I stepped up to the Manley Chinook SE, it was a bigger leap than going to the EAR. My vinyl outdoes my digital now, using a Hana SL and a... 
SGC vs Roon Nucleus
@rsf507 An I5 on Roon is only needed if you are using the DSP or room eq functions of Roon. The basic I3 is plenty fine for running Roon and doing upsampling and adding a few filters (e.g. Audeze filter). But if you run Roon on multiple end points... 
Leben CS600 or Atmasphere or ARC
@quanghuy147  how do they sound vs your older Devore Nines? I really enjoy the Nines and don’t see replacing them soon except for maybe Orangutan series. My prior owner of my nines emailed me and asked if I wanted to sell them back. 
Mistakes I’ve made
I learned not to leave the grills off my speakers when toddlers are in the household. They can’t resist poking the tweeters.  
EL 34 tubes
Langrex has some Winged C Svetlana tubes that are sold as quad matched pair and sound good. I ran these in my Air Tight amps with great success. I would also second the Gold Lion KT77. Jeff Day at a positive feedback likes the Sophia EL34s in his ...