markainsworth

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Aric Audio Systems Unlimited Preamp
Hi. A few months ago I purchased a Transcend 6SN7 Preamp (Line Stage Only) from Aric Audio. I needed something to pair with my Parasound H2200 amp and Magnepan 1.7i speakers. The couple of SS preamps I tried just didn’t mesh well.Enter the Transce... 
Tube Preamp
Hi.  I can second rocray's comments.  About 6 months ago I purchased an Aric Audio Transcend 6SN7 tube pre-amp to pair with my  Magnepan 1.7i's. and ancient Parasound H2200 power amplifier.The Transcend transformed this system.  It works very we... 
Is there actually a difference?
Interesting discussion, which I am joining late. I recently (about a year ago) purchased a pair of Magnepan 1.7i’s These speakers are not particularly easy to drive, so I knew I would need a few watts. Having blown my budget on the speakers, I wen... 
Difference between Cambridge Audio CXN and CXN V2 and other Network Streamers
I have pulled the trigger on the CXN. Once it arrives and has had sufficient burn-in, I will update this post with my impressions. My hope is to alleviate the harshness of some of the high frequency output. Primarily trumpets and other horns. Also... 
Difference between Cambridge Audio CXN and CXN V2 and other Network Streamers
I did a little research since my last post, and I don't see any sonic differences between the CXN and the CXN V2 as mikijh noted.  Just the faster processor and a stated improvement in Internet Radio.  The interface changes are available to CXN ow... 
Difference between Cambridge Audio CXN and CXN V2 and other Network Streamers
I guess you could consider this a bump. I looking at a similar situation: I want to know whether the $900 CXN V2 is worth $300 more than the $600 CXN (with firmware update) and, whether the $1500 Azure 815N is worth $600 more than the V2 and $900 ... 
The Music Room
I am the originator of this thread.  I did purchase a preamp from them, and I am happy with the transaction.  I am looking to upgrade my DAC and will be looking there first.  Good people.  
Maybe tube preamp
Ghost & Axe.  Thanks much for your valuable insights.  I am leaning toward Aric, but may take another look at Mapletree. 
Maybe tube preamp
Thanks, Kali.  I had seen that unit.Wolf:  Since you have experience with 6SN7 tubes, you may be able to provide some insight into something I am curious about:  How would you describe the difference in sound between 6SN7 tubes and the more popula... 
Maybe tube preamp
Thanks David and Kalali.  Good advice, I think.  I will have chat with the folks at Aric. And I will certainly post here my decision, and perhaps some of the deliberations that precede it.Hi wolf,  I agree.  The Schiit Freya is a VERY reasonably p... 
Maybe tube preamp
Claudebond & Analogluvr: Thanks for the suggestion, but I am not ready for a kit. I did a rough count and I figure there are about 400 solder joints in that kit. It would take me a year. I am not willing to wait that long.TubePower: Thanks, th... 
Maybe tube preamp
Thank you very much, Kalali, for your insights.  Your opportunity to compare this amp to the LS26 is especially interesting.  I am a big fan of ARC components.  I just can't afford them :) 
Maybe tube preamp
Thanks all for your great suggestions: I have tentatively narrowed it down to two: 1. The Aric Unlimited suggested by Kalali and David Ten. I like the fact that it is a ’pure’ tube solution. Plus, I like the look of units with their Tubes Sticking... 
Maybe tube preamp
Thanks folks. Matt, I checked out Upscale Audio. I didn’t find any Shrimps, but they do have a Jolida Fusion that mesh recommended. It is listed at $849. I see a Conrad Johnson Classic SE here for $1250. I also see there is a shrimp model (not jum... 
Parasound A-23 or Parasound HCA 2200
In case anyone is still following this thread:  I swapped out the interconnects and ran it some more and it seems to be OK now.  I don't know if the issue was actually the interconnects or if the unit just needed more warm up, but it has been work...