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Recommendations of amp for Martin Logan Summit X
McIntosh amplifiers also pair well with Martin Logan speakers. A used MC452 would be a good choice.  
Point of diminishing return for a DAC
In my experience, albeit somewhat limited, I believe the 80/20 rule applies; you get roughly 80% of the sound quality with 20% of the cost. Its the remaining 20% sound quality where you spend most of the cost, and time. The proverbial rabbit hole.... 
MHDT Orchid or Lampizator Amber 3?
"...the Amber looks like the screws are only on the faceplate."I have the old(er) Amber model and by looking at the pictures, it appears the chassis is very similar or the same as the new model. In addition to the larger hex screws on the face pla... 
Point of diminishing return for a DAC
My advice is decide on a budget and find the DAC that sounds good to you in your system within your budget. The rest is an academic exercise.  
How do wireless subwoofers do this?
Sorry if this is a bit off topic but those of you running two subs, I assume you use the right and left channels from the second preamp output to drive the two subs. That being the case, if the preamp output impedance is 600 ohms (@ 1KHz) and the ... 
How do wireless subwoofers do this?
On a related note, anyone has direct experience how these 'wireless" subwoofers sound as compared to the 'wired' models? I assume the importance of the impedance matching between the preamp output and the plate amplifier still applies. The concept... 
MHDT Orchid or Lampizator Amber 3?
Looks like some real lucky person snapped up grannyring’s Orchid. The quality of the upgrade, both parts and workmanship absolutely top notch. Lucky guy indeed.  
MHDT Orchid or Lampizator Amber 3?
ghasley, it's good to know that Amber 3 is that much better. Another nice thing about these DACs is that aside from tube rolling one could also upgrade passive components like capacitors to make them sound even better. I'll just need to wait until... 
MHDT Orchid or Lampizator Amber 3?
"My unit plays up to 24/192..."Maybe yours is modified but the stock Orchid has a 16bit chip DAC. It does accept 24/192 but only outputs 16/44.1.  As for the comparison with the LampizatOr, I have the older Amber not 3 and have compared it with th... 
Amplifier Hum - Only Amp Connected
If the buzz is 120Hz, given the amp's age, the power supply filter caps are probably not suspect. Based on what I've read, a 120Hz buzz is typically caused by something faulty in the rectification stage depending on whether the signal is half wave... 
Monitors for a 240
The Aerial 5T are great sounding standmount speakers. I hear them frequently at a friend's place. But I think you need more power to hear what they're capable of. My friend is driving them with a Mark Levinson 585 integrated which might be an over... 
Aric Audio Systems Unlimited Preamp
Aric, thanks for the explanation. Makes sense. I did a bit of a binge listening last night mostly familiar tracks and am now appreciating the change even more. The Omega single drivers can get a bit "too upfront" in the midrange particularly at lo... 
Stand-mount speaker/monitor recommendation
I have a pair of Omega Super Alnico Monitors paired with an Aric Audio 18wpc SE KT88 amplifier and I think they sound fantastic. They don't go very low in bass but the bass that they deliver is clean and extremely tuneful and textured for the type... 
Aric Audio Systems Unlimited Preamp
Just wanted to give a quick update with my experience switching to the 5U4GB/OC3/OD3 tube arrangement for those who might be interested. The first obvious change was the regulator tubes lit up much more quickly when compared to the stock 5AR4/OD3/... 
Roger Alan Modjeski (RAM) 1951 - 2019
Very sad news indeed. I learned a lot from him through his contributions to this site and his videos. A great designer and teacher. Audio industry will miss such a talent.