kingbarbuda

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Recommendation for used Amp to power Magnepan 1.6
I agree with @Ihassaguy. I own a pair of 1.7i Maggies. I had Schiit Vidar monoblocks. But I sold them because one channel went into thermal protection when I played Jeff Beck loudly. I think the best I can recommend for a reasonable price, but out... 
Do I go from a Primaluna HP Integrated to Schiit Freya+ and a pair of Aegir Amps?
I have the following equipment and have run the following setups:1. Schiit Freya+ preamp > First Watt SIT-3 amp > Magico A3 speakers. 2. PrimaLuna Dialogue HP integrated amp > Magico A3Trying to be objective I think if you want tubes or a... 
What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
This is difficult because the sound of your system is effected by everything in your system. Now that that is out of the way and given the above, I like the D’Agostino upper end models. I really like the sound of my First Watt SIT-3. So clean and ... 
External Linear Power Supplies
@steakster what LPS makes/models did you get? Thanks.  
Reasonable high end interconnects: without breaking the bank
When I got back into this hobby about two years ago I started with the highest end Monoprice coaxials as my interconnects and SPDIFS. They are dirt cheap and did the initial job ok. I think for budget minded folks, I can say that Zu Audio on eBay ... 
turntable choice
I agree:2. With respect to your budget $400 is too low. I would continue to save and get that budget up a bit higher because you need a few things:1. a turntable2. a cartridge 3. a stylus brush 4. a record brush5. a phono preamp (either separate o... 
Taking Power Conditioning to the Max?
Hi @jmeyers I have done something similar to you. But I did it in a different way. I too believe that having clean noiseless power helps. It certainly can’t hurt, at worst. I got a dedicated 20 amp circuit installed going directly from my breaker ... 
Best DAC to go with Aurender N100H?
I have a collection of multiple DACs. I disagree with the above descriptions of the Chord Qutest. It has multiple filters, good PCM and DSD functionality and does sound musical. It is adjustable to taste with the filters. DACs in general are taste... 
Payment by paypal,keep your records
You have to be extremely careful with USPS. Always and I mean always make sure you specifically ask for a signature on delivery. Don’t assume that it comes with insurance. Even if you insure your package, if you don’t ask for a signature and you d... 
Magnepan for Background Listening
Maggies as great for background listening as sound radiates from both sides of the panel. Plus let’s get real, what better speaker can you buy for $650 than the LRS?! In my mind...none. Plus they are so light and you can move the panels around eas... 
Anyone have this turntable issue?
Did you recently install this cartridge?If you are using separate components, is the preamp new to your system?You are sure with low and high volume that you are not hearing any irregularities?Pending those answers, eliminating static is not too h... 
What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
From my experience, though based on difference systems:Bryston 4B3 and 28B3 monoblocksD’Agostino Momentum Stereo ampFirst Watt SIT-3Classé Delta monoblocks I heard at Axpona  
PRIMA LUNA DIALOGUE PREMIUM - 20 minutes and then loud pop and buzzing in 1 channel
Craig, this isn’t hard. Just call PrimaLuna / Upscale Audio. They will help you.  
SS Amp Designer by Reputation
With a budget of < $3K it is tough to make a rep based on my experience. But first I would want to know what kind of speakers you are driving. What is the sensitivity in dB and impedance in ohms. Having said that I don’t think you can go wrong ... 
Caster Wheels vs. Spikes
Well to complicate matters, besides spikes and caster wheels, there are Isoacoustics Gaia feet. I used Isoacoustics Gaia feet on my Magico A3 pair. Magico provides spikes. They are make A-Pods which are spikes with isolation tech built in. I didn’...