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WhestTHREE signature phono pre vs. ModWright PH 9.0X
Super helpful thread, I followed suit in upgrading the Manley Chinook SE to the ModWright Ph9.0XT. I love me a good tube rectified PS and had a stash of NOS 5AU4 and 274b tubes to swap. I think for the extra $500 cost, the tube rectified PS option... 
Musical Fidelity - Tri-Vista 21 DAC for Tidal and streaming
I reluctantly sold off my TriVista several years ago as it could not playback high Rez files. You either had to downsample to 44.1 (in Roon or your playback software), or only choose 16 bit CD quality versions. The 24/196khz capability of the TriV... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
Great thread, and some notes on the Lumin. I started with a D2, added a Sbooster LPS, upgraded to a T2, and most recently added the X1, keeping the T2 for a second system. The optical input does improve the sound by taking a layer of glare away. ... 
Bluesound Powernode
I’ll be odd one out - while I love the simplicity and reliability of my two Powernodes, and they are ideal for their current setup (powering inwall speakers in a multi room Roon system), I can’t say I loved their sound in my high end setup. I used... 
Is it still worth buying a Lumin x1 in 2023?
Congrats. I went through the same journey  - D2, then traded for a T2 (still have in another system), then contemplated the big leap to the X1. The X1 is everything others have said, a massive leap from the D2. I listened to the T3, the X1, and a ... 
Converting my CD Collection from .FLAC to .WAV
On the topic of metadata - having invested tons of time to rip my files to WAV, I wished I had started with FLAC instead. Transferring any WAV files to another device, I invariably lose album and track data and have to rip again, or worse, I end u... 
Tube Amp for Devore O/96
The first build, we spec’d great transformers and Mundorf caps. I had the chance to compare 5 builds including some that were closer to the original Western Electric design, and a few with larger transformers that weren’t as boutique, but where th... 
Tube Amp for Devore O/96
     
Tube Amp for Devore O/96
I own a pair of the 0/96s and have tried a number of tube amps with them. My favorite pairing is a custom built pair of 300b mono amps, outputting 8wpc, and built by Bottlehead tech/designer. It uses Magnaquest nickel transformers and some hefty a... 
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...