jrw1971

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Best DAC For My Setup Under $10k
I own the PS Audio Directstream with Bridge II. It is excellent.  But I’ve placed it in a smaller system, because once I heard the Mola Mola Tambaqui, I was toast.  It’s a really really good DAC.  Detailed and clean joined forces with musical and ... 
A stupid question for which there's no sensible answer.
I may have missed it, but I don’t think anyone has mentioned what I would consider the easiest, cheapest thing OP should do: try Roon or Audirvana.  Running a signal direct from a Mac to a DAC means the Mac’s internal audio "enhancers" are mucking... 
I expected more from my speakers (not high end)
Respectfully disagree.  Kenjit’s post was hostile, but also dumb.  OP is at the front end of a trip we’ve all been on.  System sounds uninspired, unengaging, dull, and compressed.  We’ve all heard that before, and we all know that a better amp wit... 
Ok to adjust balance to achieve center vocal image?
Lots of ideas here.  If it were me, easily my first theory — especially since you said it was not previously doing this, presumably in the same room and with the same/similar gear — would be that my azimuth had fallen into a leaning position and t... 
Audio research ref 6SE vs world
OP — are you arbitrarily using ARC REF6SE as a benchmark because you know its sound?  My big system uses that pre-amp, and I’m in love with it.  It beats what I’ve used before in that room by a wide margin, but then again everything I used before ... 
Audio Research VT80SE amp vs Prima Luna EVO 400 or 300
Balanced only.  It’s a fully balanced amp, and you might want to give that issue a think.  Not sure how it would like single ended outputs adapted to XLR from an unbalanced pre.  Evo from what I recall is unbalanced (even with the XLR input option... 
Audio Research VT80SE amp vs Prima Luna EVO 400 or 300
@BIF,Ken Kessler thinks the REF 75SE is the best amp they ever made, current lineup included.  And he literally compiled/authored the latest book about ARC.  So, no, I would not agree with the marketer's notion that the 160S blows away the 150SE o... 
Audio Research VT80SE amp vs Prima Luna EVO 400 or 300
Flame — hard to say.  Different rooms and very different speakers.  Some time ago when I replaced the 75SE with the 160S, in the same room and system, paired with DAWs, the 160S brought dynamics and “jump factor" to a whole new level.  It is dynam... 
Audio Research VT80SE amp vs Prima Luna EVO 400 or 300
OP — I went from a Prima Luna HP Dialogue Premium integrated to an ARC 160S amp and REF 6SE preamp.  Never regretted that.  I concede it’s not a fair comparison to start with, but I still use my PL in another room and I’ve obviously made my own me... 
Looking for a phono stage with pleasing coloration
OP, I can’t help but think of an earlier phonostage I loved before moving on to the ARC REF3 phono: the Manley Chinook.   
Warm romantic & detailed
Love my Harbeth 30.2s in a similar sized room, plus a REL sub.  Everything you described in your wish list.  I’m extremely impressed with the Harbeths.  Fourth pair of different speakers I’ve had in that room, and these really nail natural tone wi... 
Seeking advice on Speakers that create an intimate 2 channel listening experience
Your inquiry describes perfectly my NOLA KOs.  Love them in my smaller room.  I use Wilson Audio in the bigger room, which I can’t say enough good things about.  But your description seems closer to the NOLAs.  For the money you mention, you can g... 
Monster Regret!!
Paul McGowan — founder and Prez of PS Audio — has a gazillion helpful videos on the Ask Paul section of their website.  A few of them answer your question.  Not surprisingly, their view is: use a P-15 or P-20, but if you can’t, go directly to the ... 
Suggestion for phono preamp in sub 2k price to complement Rega Planar 8 with Apheta 3 MC
I’ve owned the Chinook and the PS Audio.  High marks for both; I recommended the Chinook to my father recently for his MM.  Chinook does give you what you want from tubes, and the PSA gives you what you want from SS, with a hint of tubiness.  But ... 
Looking for phono preamp suggestions
I’ve owned too many p-stages to count, and I think my Audio Research REF 3 blows away anything else I’ve heard.  Tubey in a good way: involving, high def, dimensional, but surprisingly authoritative.  Injects life into the sound.  Like a Chinook t...