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Best DACs under $7,000.00
@ricevs I definitely used an upgraded power cord but I think it was a Puritan Ultimate XX in both cases.  I see your point where the right cable might make a difference.  I will give it a try with an Audioquest Thunder.  I also might step back the... 
Streaming Dac $5000-8000
The Bricasti M3 w/ Network card uses MConnect.  It is an option and will be less bright than the Lumin. a hair above your budget at $9k but is just incredible is the new Naim NSC 222.  It is $9000 list but has a full preamp stage and an upgrade p... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
@yyzsantabarbara i know they will accept a direct fiber input from native Playback devices.  They have their own sources.  I will ask Andreas if it is possible for the DACs to receive a fiber signal from another source.     @thieliste preamp stag... 
Analyzing DACs
@yyzsantabarbara I am a dealer now.  Several people had reached out to me and about the brand so I bought a sample.  It is as good as they described.    
Analyzing DACs
@yyzsantabarbara i have not had the X-1 in for a detailed evaluation. I have heard it though and am familiar with Lumin’s sound.  The DAC I would say you must listen to is one I am about to write up.  The Soul Note D-2.  USB is unquestionably the ... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
Okay....new DACs have arrived.  The first unit I am going to write up is the AGD Adante.  Coming soon will be the Modwright UDP 205 and Soul Note D-2.  I know the modwright isn't available new anymore but it deserves a mention given how engaging i... 
Analyzing DACs
So...I have tested dozens of DACs ranging from $300 to $30K.  What you really need when matching to an amp is to ensure the electrical properties (impedance, voltage, etc...) are a good match for the amplifier you are connecting to.   It does not... 
Help. System sounds thin and bright or harsh
One other thing….you don’t have any of your cables coiled do you?  Depending on insulation levels, you can get capacitance or inductance when cooling that can negatively impact performance. This can be a huge issue with ribbon style cables.    
Help. System sounds thin and bright or harsh
Okay….couple thoughts.  The move closer to the wall is giving you a bit of gain which is common.  You get about 3dB from the wall.  Move into the corner and it will jump to about 6dB.  But you will lose refinement.    I am not seeing good measure... 
Help. System sounds thin and bright or harsh
Lots of thoughts.  I don’t think your equipment including the DAC is terribly warm.  That said, it is not like you have obnoxiously bright stuff either.     Thinness can come from a few places.  Tell us more about the room.  Carpeting?  Wall trea... 
need amp recommendations for more separation of instruments
Is it an M10 or M10v2.  The Original M10 was maybe not the best and most resolving amp NAD has produced.  The V2 came out explicitly to address some of these issues.  The V2 on the other hand should sound pretty good.   With focal speakers, furth... 
If you had $12k / £10k to upgrade your analogue front-end...
I would look at the SME Model 6 with an Ortofon Candza Blue or Bronze cartridge.  If you opt for a valve based phono stage, I would go with the Blue.  If you opt for SS, I would go with the Bronze.  The Chord Symphonic would put you a bit over bud... 
Rose Hifi Network Streamer RS150
I had it here.  It was a good sounding unit.  Not be-all, end-all in terms of quality but good.  The UI stands out as exceptional.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the unit was to use.  It is maybe a hair below the units in the $4K to $7K r... 
Best DACs under $7,000.00
Next round with the Peachtree - it is MUCH better than last time.  I must have tested this at just the wrong time.  Cycling through speakers and still has a tiny bit of etchiness in the treble on the Perlistens.  But noticeably better.  Still don'... 
Best sounding low power (under 80watts) Class AB amp?
This is very difficult as you are looking for low weight in a class where transformers tend to still be relatively hefty.  And…what sounds “good” to you.  Do you like a more liquid, musical sound like Luxman or do you prefer a more clinical and ac...