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Class A Options for adding Roon and MQA to existing system
Roon Nucleus has no DAC, it is just a server. It has a USB output to hook up a USB DAC. I bought one recently and as a plug and play server I like it but not what you are looking for.check out the new Bel Canto e.One Stream. It is a music streamer... 
Roon Nucleus
I answered this for myself by buying a Roon Nucleus recently. The simple fact is that no one "needs" this device but it absolutely simplifies your onboarding and integration of Roon.Though I have the technical chops to build and setup NUC based se... 
New Sony HAP-Z1ES Firmware Out Today
@sfseay Do you use a streaming service like Tidal via your Auralic Vega? If so, do you have a music streaming device or just your PC?┬áMy goal would be to have my Sony HAPZ1 handle the purchased tunes, and somehow interface with Tidal to enable str... 
New Sony HAP-Z1ES Firmware Out Today
Downloaded and updated to the new software today. Not using a USB DAC, just balanced out to a headphone amp (Woo WA22) and using the headphone in balanced mode. I would swear the HAPZ1ES sounds smoother, more detailed, and a tad warmer than before... 
Sony HAP-Z1ES or NAD M51?
Thanks Brownsfan. Now I just have to locate a local dealer.Last night I received a Sophia Princess rectifier tube for the Woo Audio 6se headphone amp. It was a revelation, easily the most impressive upgrade I've done with this amp (including cable... 
Sony HAP-Z1ES or NAD M51?
I checked out the Sony recently and came away impressed with features. All my tunes are currently burned to WAV and reside on a Mac Mini and drive, so transferring to the Sony would be pretty easy, if a bit time consuming at first. I like the idea... 
Sonus Faber Guarneri and Air Tight amp
Davey, I doubt the ATM1 would work. Too soft, not enough power. ATM2 might work. I have the ATM3 monos, and they work well on my Merlin TSM's 
Review: Air Tight ATM-3 Tube amp
Having listened to my ATM3's for a few months, now, a couple of thoughts. Mine have the Tom Tutay mods which include better binding posts, a soft start circuit (to save the tubes from too much start up juice), and IEC connector allowing me to use ... 
Which Mac mini?
I have both a PowerPc version and a Intel dual core. Both are fine for playback, the real issue comes down to ripping and multitasking. The Power PC version is slower to rip, and makes more fan noise than the power pc version. Plus, the Intel vers... 
What is the best tube preamp currently available?
A golden tube audio is at the low end of hifi, a good entry piece (like a Conrad Johnson PV10) but not an expensive one. He's probably in the $1k-3K range, which for me ended up being the Aesthetix Calypso. A good choice if you want to integrated ... 
Review: Air Tight ATM-3 Tube amp
I think your use of the Placette might have been responsible for some of the sounds you heard. The input impedance of the Air Tight must be considered, as well as the gain setting you used via the attenuator pots. Finally, while the air tights hav... 
What can I drive w/ the 8wpc Air Tight 300B amp?
Devore Fidelity Super 8's would work great. I heard the Air Tight ATM 300 powering a pair of Merlin TSM's a few years ago, worked well in a small room. I love the Air Tight sound!! Wish I could splurge on the ATM211 or the ATM-3's!!I currently own... 
Substitute for Waveterminal U24
Squeezebox 3. I use it with my Tri-Vista with good results, awaiting a modified version to see if mods help. 
CJ CAV-50 or VAC Avatar for Sonus Faber Grd Piano?
I've owned CJ gear before and really liked it, but the Avatar is hands down the better choice. Try to get the Special Edition, it has better guts and sounds nicer, plus comes with a remote. Build quality on the VAC is tremendous, and the ability t...