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Balanced Tube Preamp Recommendations for $2000
It will be tough to find a true differential balanced tube preamp for $2,000 used.   
2019 300B tubes that are worth the money?
Aren't Sophia tubes just rebranded TJ Full Music tubes in which Sophia claims to cherry pick the best for the US market? 
What’s your vote for the most ridiculous, overpriced, and useless tweak?
Any manufacture or dealer that offers a 90-day no questions asked return policy is okay in my books.  Why trust the marketing spiel when you can try it yourself. 
Dealers and exaggerated treble
@testpilot  wrote...Perhaps one of the upstream components inverted phase.  @kenjit wrote...does not matter where the phase was inverted. It should be immediately obvious unless you have bad hearing or it was deliberate. Sure it does.  A lot of ... 
Dealers and exaggerated treble
@kenjit wrote.... I recently went to an ultra high end store for a demo. It was by apointment so everything had been set up prior to my arrival by the store manager. In other words he must have surely sat down and checked the sound even if bri... 
SWARM / Multi subwoofer questions
Contact Duke at [email protected]  He knows more about multiple sub woofers implementations than most.  In fact, he markets a 4-sub system called the SWARM.   
Best speakers for a Pass XA 30.5
How would the Pass 30.5 behave into a 14ohm load speaker? 
Apogee Scintilla Power
Jason Bloom often demoed the Scintilla with either a pair of mono Classe DR-3's or a stereo Classe DR-3VHC  
Can we finally put Reel to Reel out of its misery? Put it to rest people.
IME, R2R is the best sounding format, but the price of entry has become prohibitive for most as software cost, maintenance, and access to quality machines have skyrocketed over years.  IMHO R2R is dead to the average consumer but it has nothing to... 
Am I considered to be a materialistic person?
Happiness requires diversification.   
KT88 tube amp
Are you asking how do the Gold Lions perform in the lower bass region?  If so, that is one of their strong suits, great drive and full range bass 
KT88 tube amp
Genalex Gold Lion  
Best affordable Surge protector home stereo and my TV?
Is your primary concern equipment protection or improved sound?   
"You cannot handle the truth"
Some people get equipment at industry discounted pricing, try it out, and sell it for a little loss or gain 
New TEO Audio ICs, who has them?
I find the whole Teo Audio product offering very confusing.  Although I applaud their efforts for constant product evolution, it does create market confusion and significantly devalues their prior efforts on the secondary market.