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thiefoflight

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Who has switched from a PS Audio BHK Preamp to something else?
@jslateiv The Supratek is definitely one I’m curious about, nicely done. Regarding the 6SN7 adapter, I use a good one from garage1217.com. They’re not cheap at about $60/pair shipped but they are audiophile grade. http://www.garage1217.com/garage1... 
Dynavector Karat 17D3: retip for $500 or get something new?
https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/pani-new-art-9-up-and-running?highlight=ART-9%2Bpani%2B 
Dynavector Karat 17D3: retip for $500 or get something new?
I didn’t have the VTA off in any way shape or form. I’m not alone in my interpretation of the 17D3. I’m not implying that the cartridge is “bass light”, I mentioned it lacks authority, which is subjective, but to me means worthy of me acknowledgin... 
Dynavector Karat 17D3: retip for $500 or get something new?
@prophos - move to another cartridge. If your speakers are not bass efficient, the 17D3 is not for you. I owned one a number of years ago, and while it is brilliant for rock, I felt the bottom end did not have the authority, and I felt it to be th... 
Who has switched from a PS Audio BHK Preamp to something else?
@aberyclark I own the BHK in a second system and have played around with it a lot. In honesty, with the right tubes it can really come alive, and has a wide, deep, 3D soundstage that most other preamps don’t have. I compared it against an Arc Ref ... 
My next Coax / SPDIF after Green Hornet
@baaach I didn’t, but I can now almost three years later. :)Simply, I found the AZ to be incredibly boring compared to the Green Hornet. At the time I was looking for more resolution on the top end, as the Green Hornet had a magical midrange and i... 
Does Age Matter?
@snilf +1At 42, I, too, regard the mastering and quality of the source material to influence what I will listen to. For instance, some of my favorite Jazz albums include Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby, which IMO is best on the Japanese SHM SACD, and ... 
Legacy Wavelet as Preamp/DAC/DSP vs just DSP
@meambler sorry for the late reply, but I sold my Focus SE to be able to acquire my Aeris. Good luck on getting one. It is a great speaker. 
Integrated for bi-amping with AtmaSphere MA1s
@honest1 have you tried tube rolling the 6SN7s in the MA-1? I was able to get the near perfect sound signature that I wanted by mixing different tubes, two of which Shuguang black treasures, those two especially emphasized the bass and took away a... 
Integrated for bi-amping with AtmaSphere MA1s
Using the MA-1 for the whole thing will likely not give enough bass output as the speakers have a nominal impedance of 5 ohm. One way to make it work well is to get a set of Paul Speltz’s (anticables) Autoformers ans only hook them up to the bass ... 
Legacy Wavelet as Preamp/DAC/DSP vs just DSP
@wisper thanks for posting your experience it was helpful to Read when I was evaluating the Wavelet.I’ve been silent on this thread for a while, but I wanted to let my impressions settle in for a while. I did receive the Aeris and Wavelet, and i s... 
Educate me about gain and amp/preamp matching
These are all incredible responses, thank you. I think I misinterpreted Cleeds’ answer  because you explained how I actually believed it - the amp always puts out the same amount of power, and the preamp’s power can add gain (if it is active). Tog... 
Educate me about gain and amp/preamp matching
Thanks all, especially @cleeds for such a succinct response. I’m actually surprised that the input gain of a preamp doesn’t really effect the output signal gain of the amp. I thought it would be additive or multiplicative (if that’s a word). Can s... 
Legacy Wavelet as Preamp/DAC/DSP vs just DSP
@erik_squires - I was thinking the same thing regarding the double conversion. I wish there was a way to use the Wavelet just as the processor going digital out to the DirectStream DAC but don’t think that’s really an option since I need the outpu... 
Legacy Wavelet as Preamp/DAC/DSP vs just DSP
Thanks, @douglas_schroeder - I surely plan to do so later next week as the speakers come in, but also just curious what others’ journeys have been so I can compare notes. I’ll definitely give your posts a read!