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What stand mount monitors works w/ Pass XA 30.5?
This was originally posted in 2011.   
Has anyone compared Lumin the U1 Mini to the U2 Mini?
Jason have you done any comparisons of servers and if so please give examples.    
arc ref5-se
I wouldn't take to seriously what Albert has for sale. The same components consistently come up for sale.  Hate to say this but bait and switch tactics.  I purchased a preamp from him a couple years ago but since tried to reach him a couple other ... 
Rogue 100 dark
I found the Rogue had a tubey sound just not that older classic tube sound. Rolling in better 12au7 and 12ax7 improved it a lot. Well at least it did on the stock ST100 and not Dark. Like the above poster mentioned look at your setup. The ST100 is... 
New PrimaLuna versus used Audio Research preamp?
Safebelayer I laughed at your post. You obviously have a beef with Kevin and Primaluna? I would ignore his opinions OP.  I've bought and sold tons of gear over the years and I can politely say Primaluna is very good especially at its price point a... 
McIntosh MC402
The 402 has more of the McIntosh classic sound whereas the 452 is more neutral. I've owned both and in my system preferred the 452 with Sonus Faber Olympica 3s.   
New PrimaLuna versus used Audio Research preamp?
@big_greg.  Definitely agree most components lose a lot of value buying new. That's why I typically buy used.     Kevin the build quality and many fantastic reviews is the main reason I bought the EVO 400. Plus the fact switching tubes I can tai... 
New PrimaLuna versus used Audio Research preamp?
Big Greg the PL will not lose that much value especially buying used.  I sold a PL Dialogue Premium integrated a few years ago for not much less than I paid for it new. Currently I have a EVO 400 preamp and it's been a joy so far. One of the best ... 
New PrimaLuna versus used Audio Research preamp?
I own a REF75SE  which I love so far but my gut feeling is everyone here is recommending ARC preamps is because of the name and reputation which I get however, have the same guys recommending ARC owned or had the EVO series preamp in their system?   
New PrimaLuna versus used Audio Research preamp?
Has anyone here actually listened or compared both? Has anyone seen the build quality of the EVO series of preamp?   
Mark Levinson 29, 27.5...
What about a recapped 334 or above? I've had the 27, 27.5 and 29. I really enjoyed all 3 but I borrowed a friend's 331.5 several years ago and preferred it. I'm pretty sure the 334, 335 or 336 would be better.    
Focal Sopra, Kanta, Aria
What is the sonic signature of your preamp?  I'm thinking that's part of the problem 🤔.  In addition, I'm more of a Sonus Faber fan that tends to on the warmish side instead of hyper or detailed side.   
Buyer Beware
I've noticed many fake ads and most seem to be McIntosh amps. I've actually called them out in the ask the seller a public question section and reported to Audiogon.  Usually it's very obvious however,  once they used previously posted pictures of... 
Rogue Audio and Audio Research Comparisons
I'm questioning "blows" it out of the water.  May be different but would like more detail please.   
Rogue Audio and Audio Research Comparisons
Thank you everyone very much.  My next step was to upgrade the caps however,  I came across a ARC REF75SE that had just been serviced at ARC and has new tubes and a clean bill of health.  Only had it 2 days but it's amazing so far.  I really enjoy...