Responses from ghasley

High end stereo preamps? Worth it?
@mikelavigne plus 1 gazillion.There are those who don’t believe that a top notch preamp can make a difference. To them, they haven’t heard the difference to make it worth it. Same goes for all bits are bits and cables are cables. Fine.When you act... 
Has Roon’s native engine caught up to HQPlayer?
The Innuos Phoenix reclocker is the way to go if someone wishes to stay with usb. I have no proof but it seems like some extra steps and opportunities for more issues to be introduced with the Innuos Phoenix route. USB from the server/computer int... 
Has Roon’s native engine caught up to HQPlayer?
@audiofun apologies for the truncated reply to your question. I went with Roon and a lifetime subscription in 2015. I had also been an early adopter of Pure Music and dabbled in Hqplayer. A friend/audio dealer set it up and I am not even remotely ... 
Has Roon’s native engine caught up to HQPlayer?
Nice writeup @audiofun You have certainly earned your wings! Your next step though is actually to understand what is happening in streamers today because I, like you, was very committed to a similar path but your weak link is likely the USB interf... 
Best amp for Wilson Sabrina
I can’t speak to the Sim Audio or Goldmund but I had the Pass and Boulder at the same time and tested both with Wilson Audio Sasha 2’s. The Pass is a really terrific amplifier but to my ears on the Sashas, the Boulder was clearly superior. The dac... 
Offer / counter-offer? Audiogon rules
The current system works. Unless of course you counter an offer you wish you hadn't. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
Sell something quickly @whitecamaross ,the Boulder amps are quite exceptional. While each level up the food chain is an incremental jump, I just shake my head in amazement at what Boulder has been able to accomplish with the 866. I was communicati... 
Offer / counter-offer? Audiogon rules
@assetmgrscThere isn't anything vague here. He received an offer, he declined. Case closed. Simple. What isn't simple is that he now wishes he had accepted the offer.  
Aqua La Scala MKII Optologic DAC
The Linq - La Scala combo is really quite special. I was feeding my La Scala via usb from an Innuos Zenith mkIII. The Linq via i2s/aqlink is far, far superior. 
Offer / counter-offer? Audiogon rules
No, you declined the offer and made them an offer and they declined. You are right where you started. 
DAC choices -- help me cross the line
There's no free lunch at this price point and you choose the compromises you are willing to accept. You might visit with Vlad to determine if there is a less boring tube selection you might try. Many enjoy the Tubadour, the Border Patrol and other... 
Tekton Design Moab
@p05129 Your post in rude and arrogant. I don't agree with everything @millercarbon has written or believes any more than he agrees with everything I've written. He can be a bit "assertive" but we are all different. This forum should be about fun ... 
Great Intergated amp with great built in DAC
@jjss49 this does raise the question of the wisdom of buying an expensive unit where one part (the DAC) might become outdated before other parts (linestage and amplifier) -- such is the challenge of figuring out how to spend money wisely in high e... 
Great Intergated amp with great built in DAC friend who also has a 866 emailed me a link to this review. 
Great Intergated amp with great built in DAC
@needlebrush What kind of sound do you like? Listening preferences and goals? Does this number include speaker cables, etc? Assuming you have ethernet or wifi? At $12k, depending on your goals, you should be able to put together a really nice setup.