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Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2 vs. Dynaudio Focus 140/160
Yup. Patrick is awesome and a great source of information. He upgraded my DNA 0.5 RevA to their latest and greatest — the only remaining parts from my original amp are the chassis and the transformer. Other than that, it’s basically a totally new ... 
DAC to pair with Baetis Prodigy X3 Server
Congrats on the DAC8!  T&A makes great stuff and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled with the sound.   
Pairing Bryston 28b3 with tubes
What preamp are you using now, and what specific improvements/sound characteristics are you looking for?  
Used vs. new
Buy these.  I worked for Magnolia and am very familiar with the B&W D3 sound and these outperform the 802s on every level IMHO.  
Good speakers for Parasound Halo JC1
Give the Joseph Audio Perspective 2 a listen if you can.   
WBT bi-wire jumpers
Well, I can just tell you what I did.  I run a shotgun bi-wire pair of cables with spade connectors that I was pretty happy with.  Then, a cable designer said I should try his wire jumpers with banana plugs in addition to the bi-wire cables.  I ca... 
What speakers work with low wattage class A amps
+1 Coincident Technology and Reference 3a if you don’t want horns, Klipsch, etc.    
Feedback QLN Prestige Three Speakers Requested
+1 Verity Audio.  They fly a bit under the radar but are fantastic.  Another would be Gershman Avant Garde.  Both of these are hard to find, but if you can find them well worth the effort.  ProAc is also very musical but still very nicely detailed.   
Distinctly Digital Forever?
Agree that R2R, non-over sampling DACs are worth exploring.  Mojo Mystique and Denafrips Terminator would be two I’d take a look at.  Best of luck.   
Warm, Lush Laid-Back Smaller Floor Standers?
Sorry, forgot to post the link to the Verity speakers above.  Duh.  
Feedback QLN Prestige Three Speakers Requested
Why, if you like some warmth, are you replacing the Qualition pre with the LTA?  That would seem to be a step in the wrong direction as the MicroZOTL has a reputation of sounding relatively neutral as tubed preamps go.     That said, I think you’... 
Lend me your ears...
Take a look at the Innuos Zenith that is a streamer/server with an onboard CD drive so you can easily rip your CDs right into it.  At your budget you could also add their Phoenix re-clocker, and their Sense software is free and gets excellent revi... 
Fee for home audition
I don’t know if it’s as much rubbing it in versus maybe giving him a clue that charging $650 for a one-hour demo is insulting and patently absurd, and maybe it will have him re-evaluate what I’ll call his “going-out-of-business” strategy.  He prob... 
Denafrips Pontus II 12th VS Gustard R 26
Well, here’s a well-written review of the R26 that he gave an overall score of 94.  This reviewer also reviewed the Denafrips Terminator Plus and gave it the same score, so it would be logical to assume he’d prefer the Gustard to the Pontus ll 12t... 
Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2 vs. Dynaudio Focus 140/160
Wow! That is great news and I’m SO happy for you!!! And I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’ve got the revised input board, and if you do I’m sure you’ll get many more trouble-free years out of it. My 0.5 RevA served me well for 25 years of pret...