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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 ... 
A system for my college-bound daughter
If she’s in a dorm, get her a Headphone amp with a DAC and some decent headphones, plus a cheap Bluetooth speaker for parties. Her IPhone or IPad will be fine as a source.  
Speakers to hang on to for LIFE
Of many speakers that I owned (Celestion, Apogee, Vandersteen, Thies, ProAc, B&W), I’ve only ever bought back the same brand speakers again  - Merlin TSMs and Devore Super 8s. I would own a pair of Merlins again, probably not the Super 8s, but... 
Tube virgin looking for tube amp under $3k
The best tube amp under $3k I’ve owned is the VAC Avatar SE. Let’s you switch triode and ultra linear. Beautifully made and I think it had a remote. One of a few pieces I regretted selling.You might try a Leben CS300 series. It’s lower on power th... 
Marantz SACD30N
The old balanced vs unbalanced argument. “That old chestnut?”It depends on the circuit design, power supply, and design of the corresponding amp. In theory balanced should sound better, all being equal, but in reality all is not equal.I like to se... 
Leben CS600 or Atmasphere or ARC
I own the Nines and am using a Woo Audio WA5, 10wpc of 300b SET power, and it is plenty for a 20x20 room. It’s a wonderful Integrated amp that was built to power efficient speakers and inefficient headphones. I will soon add a Leben CS600x, so wil... 
Lumin or Aurender
I vetted the Lumin and Aurender and chose the Lumin. Roon compatibility is a must after I learned the hard way with the Sony HAPZ1ES and Logitech Squeezebox about what happens when the manufacturer decides to stop upgrading its OS. Never again.Lum... 
What is an easy way to convert wav files to Flac?
Related question - I originally copied CDs to WAV files in iTunes and want to migrate the files to Roon Nucleus (I bought an SSD drive). Should I convert to Flac or just copy WATV files? Worried the track and meta data will be goofy with the WATV ... 
Connecting Bluesound Node 2i to remote stereo system over WIFI -
^^^ What he said. I have two Powernodes for in walls. When I connected to home s2 ch system there was a noticeable degradation with WiFi plus lots of dropouts. I finally hardwired them. 
What did your system look like 30 years ago?
Vandersteen 2Ci, biamped with two B&K ST200s, and Tara Labs cables (still own the cables), Conrad Johnson PV10a, Rotel CD, and VPI Hw19jr with a Sumiko Blue Point cartridge. As a college student I was living large.  
Amplifier tips
Good feedback here - listen first, My experience with the Totem Ones, which has been a while, was that notwithstanding their specs, they did seem to want more power than the numbers would suggest. They came alive with amps that could swing a bit o... 
Never Owned a Tube Amp and Want Advice
Man if I was new to tubes, this thread would leave me confused and wondering where to go.Forget the numbers for a bit. Just go and listen to a few tube amps in your budget range and a few slightly higher in price. Listen to a range of tube types -... 
I Just Inherited 4,000 LPs
Elliott,to be gifted 4000 lps is a testament to your friendship. When I think about how much time it would take to collect and curate, let alone enjoy a collection of that size, he clearly wanted them to go where they would be loved and appreciate...