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preamp upgrade suggestion around $2000
@adg101 I am glad you ask.  Yes, I did.  My power amp also have volume control.  Before adding the preamp in the chain, I directly connect the DAC to the amp.  Then after I bought the DAC, and also try the preamp mode of the DAC.  I confirm that, ... 
preamp upgrade suggestion around $2000
@zm thank you very much, this is the type of comment I am looking for.  Based on that, it seems the MZ2 can be a good balance because I have many tube gear in the system.  Both my DAC and amp are tube.  So, maybe a less tube sounding preamp is a b... 
How to choose step up transformers?
Hi,I read the links mentioned above and honestly, I can’t figure it out.  I decided to buy a Denon DL-H5LC cart.  It has a low output of 0.3mV, so, I need a high gain SUT, like 1:20+ ratio.  What I don’t understand is the impedance part.  It has l... 
How to choose step up transformers?
Thanks for the reply.  It seems I need to first pick the cartridge then buy the SUT.  But if I change the cartridge, I may need to buy another SUT? 
What tube amp for Harbeth 40.1
Just to give an update, after replying on 10/10, I acquired a 200W Sony TA-N77ES.  I need to take back my words.  Among the 8W 300B tube amp, 75W McIntosh 275, and this 200W Sony, I like Sony the most.  After listening for the Sony for a while, th... 
What tube amp for Harbeth 40.1
@bassdudethank you very much for your comments.  Although I already bought a McIntosh 275, I always tempted to buy a SS with greater than 200wpc.  I have an old Adcom and it sounds quite good on the Harbeth.  Would there be any good (vintage) SS a... 
Mixed driver tube for Mcintosh MC275
Hi, I have a similar question.  I have a pair of Telefunken 12AT7 and a pair of Mullard 12AT7, where should I put them?  In the first response, it seems to suggest V3,V4 should match and V6,V7 should match.  However, from other places, I read that... 
What tube preamp to go with McIntosh MC275?
Just an update, I found out the problem is one of the ICs.  I change it and the A3300 sounds very good with the 275.  I decided to go with it for now, and maybe upgrade later.   
How to check for blown Or fired speaker?
@jond   thanks for the reply.  So, it sounds like if there is a damage, it would be something obvious to detect, am I correct?   
JBL 43xx va Harbeth 40.x
I did some more listening, and this time compared the JBL L300.  The L300 is home hi-fi version of 4333.  At the beginning, I thought it will sound similar to the 4344.  At the beginning, I feel, ok, same JBL kind of sound.  Than we switch to 4344... 
What tube amp for Harbeth 40.1
I am doing more testing last night and swap the IC.  I only have two pairs of ICs.  One I always feel bright and harsh, has been used between the preamp and power amp.  I swapped it last night and it makes a HUGE difference to both MC275 and Adcom... 
What tube amp for Harbeth 40.1
@aj523 “Everything is more alive more dynamic like it woke up.” is exactly how I feel when I try the Adcom.  I am wondering if adding a preamp will achieve that.  But adding the Luxkit a3300 failed to do so.  Maybe I should try the LTA, but the pr... 
What tube amp for Harbeth 40.1
I would like to share my update.After I bought the McIntosh 275, it improves the bass compared to the 8W 300B. But the sound of the JBL 4344 keep swirling in my head, and I have been trying to see if I can make the Harbeth sounds like the 4344. I ... 
What tube preamp to go with McIntosh MC275?
I am getting confused now. I borrow the A3300 from a friend and I don’t like the sound. It seems it filter out something. Music is not as engaging, and got fatigue after a while. I prefer to have my DAC directly goes into the amp, for both MC275 a... 
What tube preamp to go with McIntosh MC275?
I am considering these three, which one is the best among the three?1) Luxman Luxkit A3300I read that this is based on the McIntosh C20, then Luxman do some improvement or changes on it to beat the C20.  This one has recently been serviced with al...