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Rogue Audio and Audio Research Comparisons
The Ref160 is no doubt a step up (or 2) however,  I'm just curious in general how much difference is it between the ARC amps I mentioned.  Wish I could afford the 160.  I've rolled in some Amperex Bugle Boy 12AX7 and Brimar 12au7 and those tubes ... 
Considering McIntosh MA352
David are you the guy who constantly bashes this amp on Facebook? There are many many happy users so would not let the above post deter.  
BAT VK51 SE
So many ways to answer this bahaha.  
hooking up a subwoofer to a Mcintosh MA12000
What kind of sub?   
McIntosh MC275VI vs Rogue Audio Stereo 100
From what I've read the 275 does benefit.  The one i listened to had Gold Lion KT88 and stock tubes everywhere else.    
McIntosh MC275VI vs Rogue Audio Stereo 100
The Rogue definitely benefits from NOS tubes.   
After years of separates, I'm going integrated. Anyone else do the same?
I tried the integrated route twice and went back to separates. Always felt I was missing some detail with the integrateds.  
McIntosh MC275VI vs Rogue Audio Stereo 100
Two totally different sounding amps. The MC275 is definitely a warmer sounding amp that has the classic tubey signature.  The Rogue has more of a solid state sound while retaining the tube magic. More like a Audio Research amp. My question is what... 
McIntosh MC 462
My experience is separates almost always outperform and I don't see how you can go wrong with the 462/22 combo.   
Rogue Audio Dark Upgrade.
@charcoalchuck agreed that Rogue is a steal at the price point.  I've had some really nice tube amps and the ST-100 rates extremely high.  Not sure its at Audio Research Ref level but pretty close IMO. Referring to older Refs and not the newest se... 
Rogue Audio Dark Upgrade.
Thanks guys for some very informative information plus tube suggestions.  I have several 12au7 to try but will need to search for 12AX7 or 5751 that don't break the bank.  Or wait a little while until prices return to normal.  Hopefully.  This is ... 
Rogue Audio Dark Upgrade.
Gakerty can you give me more specifics on the CBS 12AX7 please?  Are they triple mica 5751WA or another type? I have experience with the 12au7 CBS in a Primaluna integrated amp I used to have and really liked the CBS sound.   
Rogue Audio Dark Upgrade.
@mulveling thank you 1st and foremost with your experience and recommendations.  I have a ST-100 and wondered exactly what you brought up. Would I even like the upgraded caps. Caps probably make a big difference but which one would be preferred. H... 
Rogue Audio Dark Upgrade.
Dark Extended Features: - Ultra Premium coupling capacitors - Increased power supply storage - Hex Fred high speed diodes in power supply - Polypropylene bypass capacitors in power supply - Nude Vishay resistors in critical locations - Rhodium bin... 
Recommendations to upgrade my amp to pair with my Sonus Faber Sonetto IIIs
I would also consider a Rogue ST-100.  It is pairing very well with my Olympica iii.  Audio Research as mentioned above is another great choice.