mgrif104

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I have NOVA V's and I am not happy
I had a similar problem that revealed itself when i listened to Mahler symphonies which I believed to be bright sounding on the peaks.  I thought about it a lot and tried some isolation pucks under my gear and was able to tame the problem.  Vibra... 
Power conditions for Integrated Amps
I have a nice integrated amp, previously had separates.  I plug all into an AQ Niagara 5000 which has a current bank so it doesn’t limit, but actually can improve dynamics. After plugging things in, I noticed an immediate and significant reductio... 
Do Streamer only devices really impact sound quality?
I don’t mean this to be rude - but this question has been asked many times in this forum and I’d suggest you will find it helpful to review the previous discussions. Or, you may find it particularly unhelpful as there are a number of posters who g... 
Great customer service from Auralic Ltd.
I will echo the OPs experience. I have also had direct correspondence with the company president when posing questions about preferred settings in the streamer and my Sirius upsampling processor.  The company is very responsive to requests. I wil... 
Transients hurting my ears on hifi solid state amps
There’s lots of good suggestions to try here.  May I suggest you also look at isolation pucks for your amplifier and related equipment.  I found I was having the same trouble. I couldn’t listen to Mahler symphonies as the peaks hurt my ears - even... 
Need recommendations for a streamer
@juanmanuelfangioii  You have a truly outstanding DAC in the Sim 680D.  It compares quite well with anything near it’s price range in my view. However, If you want to take it’s performance to an even higher level, try auditioning it with an outbo... 
Sound quality of Roon
The OP poses a good question. Before I offer my experience - I want to challenge those who share their experiences ending with “and it sounds great”.  Yes - Roon sounds great. But can it sound better?  Unless you’ve actually done direct comparison... 
Are the KEF Blade/Blade 2 Metas a Significant Upgrade from Blade?
@audiobrian  I just read the review in Stereophile.  He concluded that it was the best speaker he had heard in his room.  I also wondered about comparison to the original, but he clearly hadn’t heard the original Blade 2. So, I don’t think it was... 
Line Array VS Traditional Box Speakers, Why not just get the line array ?
It’s a good question.   The acoustic science behind Line Arrays is significant.  They are designed to project high volumes a long way.  There is a reason they’re used in large facilities - because it’s very difficult to get full volume to the bac... 
DAC recommendation in 5 to 10K range
May I ask what you are feeding your terminator?  Personally, I have found the source to be as important as the DAC. Now, if you don’t care for the tonality of your existing unit, that is not likely to change with a better source, but some of the ... 
Lumin U1 Still Relevant??
I would suggest an extensive audition of the Simaudio streamer. It’s very possible their outboard unit is quite good, but the Mind2 built into their DACs (including the 680 and up) just wasn’t competitive with other units I’ve auditioned and parti... 
Gryphon Amp Owners: Results with AQ Niagara?
Others may have a different view, but I’m thinking you should audition the Niagara before deciding on a power cord upgrade.   I have a Niagara 5000 and it made a remarkable difference in my system - such that it negated much of the benefit of usi... 
Will upsampling of new DAC make lossy sound as good as Lossless
I agree with the answers above, but want to add a couple of points. 1) It’s my understanding that the purpose of upsampling is not to create new and/or better data, but to move the digital filtering to a much higher frequency so that the steep sl... 
Do I really need an " Audio Grade Network Switch "?
To the question of “needing” an audio grade network switch - no.  However, in my and many other’s experience - they can make an improvement.  It’s not because they deliver better bit packets, but because they do not add as much noise on the signal... 
Streamer vs renderer vs music server...help
@crandell25  as you own a Vega G2, I’m going to suggest you consider trying Auralic’s Aries G2.1 streamer.  I have a different view than Carlsbad - The streamer or source is at least as important as the DAC in my experience.  I know of several wh...