Now you know why many prefer tube amplification! Enjoy!
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I know , it’s a real sleeper. I intended on trading up to something 2 X as much $$$ but it did not make sense. I love how it sounds and bought a nice analog rig with the money it would have cost. Picked up a SOTA Escape with Origin Live Arm, 2m Bronze cart , Sutherland KC Vibe phono pre.
With a good source the LAB 12 is hard to beat for under $5k. It sounds great , just a very natural sounding source. I don’t see replacing it for at least the 5 years it’s under warranty and I’m sure I will have it long after that.
Some designers just have a good ear and voice their gear perfectly…. George of Zesto is also one , and Matt Formanek of Toolshed is another. You know when something just sounds right.
+2 on loving my Lab 12 Ref DAC. Picked it up used 6 months old and what a value. Glad to hear you are enjoying your Integre. Lab 12 is a great company that gets it right. I was considering the Integre but opted for seperates with different tube set. If I went integrated it would be my selection. Good choice!