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Just getting into Streaming, need help and advice
I have used Bluesound products for a few years now and like the set-up. I have a Vault with all my old CDs on it but mostly stream from Tidal and Qobuz on the app through a Node (the new one) via USB now to an MQA-capable Topping DAC and then on t... 
Need help understanding USB cables
Thank you everyone, much appreciated!  
Matching solid state amps with tube based pre amps
Have used tube pre/SS amp for years. It's no guarantee but if you find the right combo, it can be great. A many have said, pay attention to impedance matching and spend some time rolling tubes to fine tune the sound. Currently LTA MZ3 into SPL Per... 
Tube rolling LTA MZ3
Have rolled NOS Mullard 6201's in place of the Genalex 12AT7s it shipped with. Smoother, less grainy but keeps the detail. Did not like any of the 12AU7's I tried including some NOS Mullards and Brimars. System seemed a bit lifeless. 
Average Price Spent for Speakers
In my personal experience, speakers are the most important piece of the chain so they are roughly half the $ of the total system for me. I happened to buy them slightly used but at list, my Harbeth SHL5+ and stands are about $9K of a roughly $18K ... 
Your tube preamp and ss amp thread
Linear Tube Audio MZ3 pre, SPL Performer 800 power. 
Small Footprint SS Power Amps
@amorstereo Teajay - the SPL has been in play since Friday and it is everything you said it would be here and in your review. My recent addition of the LTA MZ3 as a preamp really upped the transparency and detail in my system and the SPL has added... 
Small Footprint SS Power Amps
The two options that I ended up pursuing were the SPL s800 (thanks for the suggestion @amorstereo)¬†and a modded Quad 909. I can't find a 909 right now but may well try this for fun when I do find one. The SPL is ordered. Really appreciate all the ... 
Small Footprint SS Power Amps
Thank you all for the suggestions, having fun researching the options! Will let you where I end up. 
SST Son of Ampzilla ii power amp
Didn't we have this same post in November? It's a fine AB amp, inexpensive, owners like it (I do), the reviewers like it. Unlikely anyone will be able to comment on it vs the Sigma or with your particular speakers, that's a needle in a haystack. T... 
Looking for a tube Preamp new or used for under $2000...
Have a look at the Linear Tube Audio MZ2 - great tube preamp and a wonderful headphone amp with remote volume. With the upgraded power supply it is a bit over $2K new. Hard to find used but there is one on AudioCircle currently. It won't provide a... 
NAD M33 or NAIM UNITI NOVA?
If you can't find a local dealer to try the NAD first, you can order from Crutchfield and get a 60 day return policy. I did that and ended up returning it - not because it wasn't good, I just liked my current set-up a bit better. I did have to wai... 
NAD M33 Initial Thoughts
I ended up returning the M33. I could certainly live with it and think it's a real advancement in one-box systems. I did like certain things about the M33 sound as described above, but in the end, I couldn't part with the additional immediacy and ... 
NAD M33 Initial Thoughts
@sockiojimbo¬†@spacemanrick¬† Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify (as well as another 20 streaming services) can be run directly from the BluOS app. So no need to use Tidal Connect or similar functionality. I have used the Bluesound Node 2i for a long time, st... 
NAD M33 Initial Thoughts
Thanks for the feedback, especially about break-in time. I will run it constantly and see what happens. And to be clear, it does sound really good but rather, just a different presentation at this point to what I am used to.