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Bricasti M3 w/network card vs USB
The ethernet card is very similar to an outboard M5 and is internally connected via I2S. This provides stellar clocking between the player and DAC. That is why it outperforms many other options. With my Antipodes K50 I was able to test Ethernet f... 
To have or Not to have an Cord M-Scaler feeding my Terminator Plus?
You can add the MScaler but my experience is that most R2R DACs (Rockna, MSB) sound their best with a bit perfect signal without upscaling.  Both of those companies advise against upscaling.   I am not sure if this is a universal issue with R2Rs ... 
Playback Edelweiss in the house
So I received an MPD-8 Dream DAC in on trade and am doing a deep dive into Edelweiss vs. the Dream.  Still keeping the Kaya 45s for consistency sake but have a new amp that arrived which is stunningly good.  A customer ordered the AVM Ovation A 8.... 
Roon Nucleus as a Streamer
I found the Nucleus+ to be a step up from the dedicated tower I had running Roon sending a signal via USB.  That said, I found the Nucleus got better when it ran as a server only.   I think that is the important point here.  It is not bad as a se... 
A preamp recommendation
I would look at two units in particular.  For pure SS, Bricasti M20 Preamp.  Big sound and extremely dynamic.  Bricasti is known for being neutral to a hair warm and is really a superb unit.  MSRP is $12.5K.  You should be able to find feedback in... 
DAC recommendation in 5 to 10K range
There are a LOT of DACs in this price range.  I will say that based on my testing there is a big difference in performance between between the ~$5k DACs can ~$10k DACs.   you are effectively trading off detail for soundstage.  The higher you go,... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
Next DAC on the agenda is the Playback MPD-8 Dream which should arrive next week.  I have a used unit coming in and will spend a little time with it before we find it a forever home.  PM me if you are interested in acquiring it.   @jeffreyw the b... 
Looking for advice re: amps for Dynaudio Contour 20i
Dynaudio is the US importer of Octave, and for good reason.  The two brands show together and sound incredible together.  Dyns can be a bit harder to drive so you need a black box or super black box with them but the results are going to be very, ... 
Horns
hORNS are supposed to be stunningly good. I have not heard them but a few people I trust either own them or have heard them and said they are worth the time to listen to. Avantgarde is the obvious choice to me.  Stunningly good speakers though no... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@sutts AC is a brand that will get added.  I like Worldwide and have a good relationship with Robert so it is a brand I was naturally considering and will look at seriously as the year progresses.  I would be shocked if I am not a dealer for AC at... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@jjss49 No question a well executed tube based output stage can be extraordinary.  When reviews are available I try to avoid reading them till after I form my own opinion and see if I agree.   The secondary element that I think helps in a BIG way... 
Amp Options - Infinity Kappa 9s
Kappa 9s have a min impedance of about 1 ohm.  This is one of the most notoriously difficult speakers of all time to drive.  I had the first edition Kappa 8s which were bad enough at 1.7 ohms.  I blew a lot of fuses. These are worse.  That said, t... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
I would love to get an Aries Cerat in.  I think that would be a super interesting comparison between it and the Jadis.  Not likely to happen immediately but a brand I would be happy to carry.   
Recommendation: Streamer / Player with external NAS capability
What software are you running or do you want to run?  When you say "won't break the bank" that can me wildly different things.  Are we talking hundreds or thousands of dollars?  
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
The Jadis JS1 MKV is here and it is stunning.  This is a two chassis unit with an external power supply.  The external supply is slit into two parts, one for analog circuits and the other for digital circuits.  The unit uses AK4497 DAC chip and u...