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NuForce STA 200
It's been over 30 days since I purchased the STA200 and I've ironed out some issues with my system. I had been using an Apple TV 3rd gen via the optical output to the NAD M51 DAC and switched to the USB input connected to an old Windows laptop.The... 
NuForce STA 200
Jetter - I previously ran a Schiit Sys with Paradigm Active 40 v2 and Active 450LR and it is a good deal for $50. The hot in the highs can probably be attributed to the Doge pre and Genalex tubes. Attenuation of the signal is not an issue as the N... 
NuForce STA 200
I recently purchased a Nuforce STA200 based on this thread. Other solid state amps I’ve had:TAD Hibachi monoblocksNAD M22Paradigm Active 40 v2 (active speakers)Simaudio I5 (integrated)Anthem Integrated 2Current setup is as follows:PMC OB1 speakers... 
Have DAC’s improved for Redbook CD playback?
I think the biggest improvement modern DACs have made over older DACs is reduced jitter. Most DAC designs nowadays implement some sort of jitter correction. 
Popular DAC that is known for its warm-ish sound?
MHDT Havana or Paradisea+ 
NAD M51 remote control
You can use any IR learning remote. I'm using a Sony RM-VL600. 
Can anyone recommend a great tube preamp that also has a headphone out?
Decware CSP2/CSP2+/CSP3 
$800 to spend on speakers, $1500 on whole system
Speakers = Paradigm Active 20 (rarely come up for sale) - ~$700DAC = Arcam irDAC - $600Preamp = Schiit Sys passive - $60 (no remote)Bluetooth = Satechi Bluetooth Audio Receiver - $40 
Best budget DAC
A few people mentioned the ZDAC and I disagree with that recommendation. I picked one up for $300 a while back and sold it after a few months. It was replaced by an Arcam irDAC which I purchased off Ebay for $409 (there was a seller in Italy who s... 
best transparent pre amp
George knows what's up. Drop $60 on a Schiit Sys passive preamp and see how you like it. 
Need integrated amp with built-in USB DAC
Purchase a Behringer UCA202 to add optical out via USB to the Mac. Then you can get a unit with a toslink optical connection. You'll have way more options going that route than restricting to ONLY units that have USB. 
Tube upgrade options for Dodge 8 preamplifier?
I own a Doge 8 and installed Genalex Gold Lion 12AT7 tubes. I've been running the GL tubes in preamps for ~4 years and have always enjoyed their sound. They are very well balanced and fairly well extended on the high and low end. Bass is not overl... 
Used Floor Standers for around $1k
NHT 2.9 or 3.3Monitor Audio Goldi 
What's the greatest bargain in DAC's these days?
Thank you for the tip on the Parasound ZDAC. I picked one up from Audio Advisor along with a Schiit Sys passive preamp and this thing sounds fantastic for the money. I was looking for a DAC for a second system and was also considering the Nuforce ... 
Tubes for Jolida Fusion Preamp
Gold Lion 12AX7 are what I've been using for the past 4 years in my preamp. Excellent performance across the entire frequency range, and won't break the bank.