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thiefoflight

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Oppo 105, Oppo 205, or Legacy SACD (Esoteric, Cary CD 306, etc)
Hey @stereo5 I wasn't intending to replace my Cary DAC from other sources. Rather I was looking for a SACD player that could perform very well on its own internal DAC or have the player be able to convert SACD to PCM so it could play off my Cary DAC. 
Primaluna Dialogue Premium vs VPI 299D?
Well, I've had the VPI 299D for two weeks now, and it has been an interesting time so far. I can't say that it completely blew me away compared to the PrimaLuna Prologue Premium, but it is definitely impressive and I am much happier with the 299D.... 
Primaluna Dialogue Premium vs VPI 299D?
@samzx12 The VPI operates in a similar fashion, with the ability to switch between triode and UL mode. They also carry a similar tube setup. Differences are:Primaluna Dialogue Differentiators* Home Theater source input allows for receivers with li... 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
@dweller I too have replaced my wall receptacle with a Hubbell cryo'd outlet, and the sound improvement was noticeable. I'd recommend @facten 's suggestion. 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
When I almost have my ear up to my speakers I have literally no hum or noise coming from the PrimaLuna unless I literally cranking the volume to 3 or 4 o’clock (like 90% up), and my source is a Cary Audio tube DAC, which could also be adding the m... 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
No hum at all on my end with the PrimaLuna, and I am powering high efficient Tekton Lore speakers. The Tekton does have great bass response so it might be that pairing with the PrimaLuna is giving too much bloat on the bottom end. I'm used to havi... 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
So I got the ProLogue Premium Integrated yesterday. First impressions are overall pretty good, where the musical center is slightly lower than the Luxman SQ-N10, which at 10w feels pointed just slightly higher. The PrimaLuna definitely shows more ... 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
Hey @dweller quick question for you. Is the hum in both channels or just one? 
Audiophile quality streamer/server-in-one without a DAC. Does this exist?
@joshelston Before I had Bluesound I used to have a 2012 Mac mini that would run JRiver as a server. I could then use my iPad or iPhone with the JRiver app to connect and stream my music. Doing that, though, I always felt it to be a pain to add fi... 
Cartridge reccomdations?
What is your table and setup? More context yields better results. Your path sounds like mine. I would do a search on the forum for the Audio Technical ART-9. Those who own it (myself included) swear by it. I don't think I ever want another cartrid... 
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
@dweller also, what speakers are you using?  
PrimaLuna Prologue Premium vs Luxman SQ-N10 ?
@dweller Thanks for the word of caution. I've heard a number of folks saying the unit is dead quiet, so I'm wondering if your unit is defective. Is this hum present on all source selections? And does it sound like a ground hum or tube noise? 
Hi-res digital audio vs sacd
Thanks guys, for all of this perspective. Yeah, I've decided to pass on the SACD player, simply because I don't listen to that much classical, and it seems not worth the investment just to have a few recordings/masters that might not be available ... 
Audiophile quality streamer/server-in-one without a DAC. Does this exist?
I too have a Bluesound Vault II and could not be happier with it. It does have a built in DAC that is decent but I use the digital out to go into a Cary Audio DAC-100t tube DAC. I would not call it he Bluesound DAC cool, but straight up neutral. W... 
Luxman CL34: How does it compare today?
@zipost and @br3098, thanks so much for your responses as I've learned something new today about sound quality improvement through stepped attenuators. I'm curious though, why are stepped better than the regular rotary pots, is it because it is mo...