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What was in your first "real" higher end audio system?
My first high end stereo was:Counterpoint SA 3.1 preamp and SA 12 power ampVandersteen 2C speakersSOTA Star Sapphire with Alphason Xenon tonearm Sumiko Talisman cartridgeRotel RCD 955AX cd playerStill have the turntable and cd player, the speakers... 
Why so little Primare gear on A'gon? Bad rep?
It's like my YBA gear, you buy it, enjoy it and you don't look to sell it. 
"Bridge Over Trouble Water" sounds artificial
My feeling is we can upgrade our equipment to the point where the music we love is no longer listenable. At that point it's time to step away and evaluate your goals for your system. No one would be impressed with my 25 year old system but I can p... 
What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
The one I own, YBA 3 DT with Vandersteen 2 ce. Of course there's better but when you can stop looking that becomes the best for you. 
Power Amplifiers
I've been using a Krell KST 100 from 1993 with Vandersteen 2 ce. It was a well made and designed amp that still sounds great. Better amps yes but not worth the expense. 
amp for vandersteens
I've used YBA preamp and amp with Vandersteen 2 ce for many years. The combination is very synergistic and provide the closest tube experience without the tubes. 
Should I replace capacitors in an old but working amp?
I have an old Krell amp and I replace the caps. every 10 years and adjust the bias. I do that whether it needs it or not. I can't afford to buy new so I maintain what I have. 
Basic Tidal streamer to USB DAC
I don't get streamers. I re-clock the usb data coming out of the pc. I use Tidal's player into an NOS dac, done. 
Looking for recommendations for a 'warm' sounding DAC
Audio Note 0.1x used. Nothing fancy just great music, I'm done.  Used around $800 
Low Cost DACs
I'm using the ifi nano LE to my preamp and I'm very happy with it. I have a Schitt Modi Multibit and a Nixon dac I like to try affordable dacs to see what I like but I'll never be a player in the >$1000 range so these will have to do. The thing... 
Reclock USB into Scott Nixon dac?
I agree but the Nixon dac is from before asynchronous dacs roamed the earth. I have heard that by converting from usb to i2s it doesn't remove clock jitter it ignores the pc's clock. I don't hear a difference but wasn't sure if I was imaging it. I... 
Hidden Gems in Pre-Owned Solid State Power Amplifiers?
I have a YBA 3 dual transformer amp with Vandersteen 2 speakers. I heard it and stopped looking for better. It's a great fit with Vandersteens, it doesn't peel paint but it doesn't need to. 
CD players = dead?
I look at it this way a format is dying when you can't keep the given player for that format serviced. Vinyl, I can get my 30 y.o. turntable serviced my cd player not so much. With streaming I play the dac until it dies and by then something bette... 
Grimm findings on streaming audio
When laser technology is gone and it won't be long I'll listen to my watermarked stream of music and say at least I have something. 
Amazon Launches Lossless "Hi-rez" HD Music Service
So far so good. I upgraded Amazon to HD and it sounds very good. The interface is different than TIDAL but it shouldn't be too difficult to navigate. My stereo is far from great YBA electronic into Vandersteens with a Scott Nixon dac but for CD qu...