kirk9

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Why People Like Tekton
Answered easily - they offer good value for the money (at least the pair I heard at AXPONA a few years back). Are they the last word in fidelity? No, but they certainly weren't bad.  Do they have a family 'sound' characteristic? I don't know sin... 
Beautiful listening rooms
I'm pretty happy with mine. DIY speakers (that sound absolutely great), March Audio P252, Wyred4Sound preamp and SML SU-9 DAC.       
Line Stage Preamps that blew you away $2500 Edition
Wyred4Sound STP-SE. Very hard to beat and only $2K.  
Preamp recommendations for my system please
Benchmark LA4 or Wyred4Sound STP-SE - both offer similar design concepts and either one would be a great choice for a quiet and neutral presentation. Forget those tube things. They will not bring you the truth.  
Science that explains why we hear differences in cables?
What I hear is minute changes in frequency response.I'd say mostly correct.One of the better explanations on how resistance affects frequency...https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/audio-myth-damping-factor-isnt-much-of-a-factor 
Science that explains why we hear differences in cables?
If you believe that wire has capacitive and inductive properties… and different wires have different capacitive and inductive qualities (which can instantly be show on even a cheap multimeter)……. THEN…. All the science you need re. Analog cables i... 
Science that explains why we hear differences in cables?
To those who don't believe cables make a difference, I often wonder at what point they would hear a difference. Would they think a solid piece of coat wire sounds as good as the Silversmith? I often hear that any competently-engineered wire will s... 
Stereo Preamp suggestion
Absolutely love my Wyred4Sound STP-SE. Don't buy anything else without hearing this one. Some very nice reviews are out there as well. 
How important is the pre-amp?
Essential for getting the most out of the source. Don't fall for the story of using a DAC output alone. It is lifeless and unrealistic on every DAC I've tried this with. I know, digital is digital, blah blah, but something goes wrong without a qua... 
cassettes CAN sound better than vinyl.
Not even close. Vinyl wins even with a moderate turntable and cartridge. 
Warm, rich but detailed SS preamp (made you give up tubes)
Absolutely love my Wyred4Sound STP-SE. It's very neutral without the sterility you sometimes associate with neutral. The new Benchmark LA4 has the same design philosophy and I'm sure would be another great choice. 
Preamp recommendation
Wyred-4-Sound STP-SE or Benchmark HPA4. Both use similar design philosophy. Can't go wrong with either. 
High end Class D amps?
Ncore, Purify or Benchmark is where it's at. Hook one of these up to a high-quality preamp and you've just arrived at top-notch sound on a relatively bargain budget.I have a March Audio Ncore design with a Wyred-4-Sound preamp and couldn't be happ... 
High end stereo preamps? Worth it?
I've read many on here saying no preamp is the best preamp.I could not disagree more. I know it may not make sense, but adding a quality preamp brings realism and depth to the music. And I'm not talking about coloration. Something is lost in the i... 
Have you changed your mind about a brand? Was it you, or them?
Schiit Audio. I bought their little headphone amp a couple of years back for my son. So completely unlistenable. I don't know if I got a bad one or what, but it should have never left their grounds. It just really turned me off of that brand.