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Best tube preamplifier for under $15k
I just got a Linear Tube Audio Integrated amp at home and it’s balls out amazing. Superlatives aren’t sufficient to cover how dead quiet it is, how much musical information it reveals, and how much tube magic it imparts without being in any way ve... 
Review: Linear Tube Audio Z10 Integrated Amplifier
I just got the Z10 last night after reading this and many other reviews. All I can say this early on is that you are so spot on with the sound description. It’s so much more immediate, clear, and defined than anything I’ve had before. Just radical... 
PREAMP - Thoughts on PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell
I just got one on a trial basis with the M700 monoblock amps.  The amps by themselves are great and a solid improvement in clarity, depth, bandwidth, etc. over my Primaluna.  Where the Primaluna had to be cranked in order to produce realistic bass... 
Speaker recommendations 10 to 30k and no beryllium
Spatial Audio X2 is a well reviewed (Absolute Sound recently)dipole speaker and uses an AMT Tweeter for about $9k. I have their M3 triode masters and they’re great sounding speaker and well engineered to reduce room interaction and produce a coher... 
Why No Love For Peachtree Audio?
I’d have to agree with the thin, dry, and brittle sound descriptions. While it had a great wide soundstage, my Decco was seemingly built without much regard for the mid range sound as it was rare to find recordings that made the best of what the P... 
Have you been surprised by power cable changes? s
Yes I’ve been surprised by power cords. It’s all about experimentation in most cases and when I’ve swapped a thicker or more well constructed power cord for the stock cable, I don’t want to be surprised because I think (thought?) that it was a bun... 
What was your first system? When was that?
1998 - Pioneer stereo receiver with Bose 301 Bookshelf speakers.  
what is it in audio that you dislike most?
Snobbery.  You like what you like and I’ll like what I like and ne’er the twain shall meet.  When people try to say their gear is superior I can’t help but think “for you”, or that this speaker is the ultimate “for you”.  So when people try to pre... 
Do I go from a Primaluna HP Integrated to Schiit Freya+ and a pair of Aegir Amps?
Schiit gear is good but having owned both brands, Primaluna is far and away better. The parts quality, the build quality, the sound quality, the longevity...all better than Schiit. Every piece of Schiit I had was nice at first but slowly degraded ... 
What system can adequately reproduce the sounds of a tanker being hit by torpedo ?
Your skull as it’s smacked by your own hand. Why the hell is this being posted here? 
Anyone have experience with the new ELAC DDP-2?
Ex-nay on the condescension-eh, there. 
Anyone have experience with the new ELAC DDP-2?
To be clear, it will stream Spotify without a computer. It only needs a network connection for your phone to see it as a Spotify Connect endpoint and stream. No issues with that.  
Anyone have experience with the new ELAC DDP-2?
Thanks for prompting me. I ended up returning it. As a DAC and probably as a preamp it’s really really good. I was primarily interested in a streaming DAC and it does most of that, but too many of the features advertised weren’t fully baked so rat... 
Anyone have experience with the new ELAC DDP-2?
Hi Chris,I appreciate the response. While the methods you mentioned are possible, in my mind it kind of defeats the purpose of having a streaming DAC if I have to connect it to a computer.  If I’m doing that, I might as well do all of the streamin... 
Anyone have experience with the new ELAC DDP-2?
The headphone amp has thankfully gotten a bit better since I’ve left headphones on it for a few days to break in if it needs that. Picking up the headphones again, I found it had improved and sounded more fleshed out. So there’s hope. On streaming...