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How much hum is normal from a new tube amp
@blue-magoo Less than 2 months. Mine so far is dead quiet. But like I said, the demo set I auditioned had faint hum from the amp itself when using the XLR. Finger-crossed it would not happen to mine because I really like the sound of it.   
Leaving my amplifier on ok?
I switched off all my gears when they are not in use, not even in standby mode.  I think a good setup needs to sound very good even with little warmup. I would turn on my setup, let it warm up for 5 minutes max, and immediately enjoy aural bliss.... 
Has anyone heard the Cabasse Pearl or Akoya active speaker/amp/dac?
I love Cabasse's speakers and am currently using a 2.1 Cabasse passive setup. I've auditioned the larger Pearls in stereo setup. They were highly resolving, bright-sounding, and plenty of bass that no subwoofer is needed. The downside is the high... 
How much hum is normal from a new tube amp
Might be a lemon set. i have Lab12 Integre4 MKII, zero hum. The demo set I auditioned had a slight hum when using XLR input, but none when using RCA input. My brand new set has no hum though at all. Perhaps try switching the inputs first? If it ... 
On the hunt for a non-tube preamp (or hybrid), long post...
I've heard a nice Magica setup with SPL Elector + SPL M1000. They look nice together.  You can consider Plinius Kaitaki for pre-amp as well.   
Lab12 Integre 4 MKII - user review
@oddiofyl Go on and complete the stack! Getting this amp cured my upgrade-itis. The next time I will consider new DAC or amp is when I won the lottery.   
Wharfedale Lintons ... Any great amp pairings?
I’ve heard Linton side by side with Mission 700, both driven by Audiolab 6000A. The Mission 700 sounded lively and great, the Linton sounded muffled and distant. I think the Linton might benefit from a livelier amp. Maybe a tube amp like a Wilsen... 
Tube amp recommendations to drive Joseph Audio speakers
I’m using Lab12 Integre4 MKII. In the process of auditioning it, I also auditioned Lab12 Suara and Lab12 Pre1. They sounded largely identical to my ears. You can consider the Suara, although if I am you I would consider selling your ARC pre and ge... 
Best Tube Amp for High Sensitivity Speakers: 45, PX25, or 300B?
@atmasphere What you said is very valid. Why limit our options just because of some preconceived notions?  My first time listening to a tube amp was one of the large Line Magnetic. I have always thought tube amps were supposed to sound seductive,... 
Is there a list of full-range speakers (20-20kHz) somewhere on the internet?
There is a pretty comprehensive list of the speakers and their corresponding review scores at Gauder Akustik website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, there are two PDFs.  https://gauderakustik.com/en/index.php/reviews  
Best Tube Amp for High Sensitivity Speakers: 45, PX25, or 300B?
Does it really matter though if the tube amp is low power SET or push/pull design as long it sounds good? I would keep an open mind. There are excellent push/pull design just as there are excellent SET design. If budget is not an issue, I would ha... 
Best Tube Amp for High Sensitivity Speakers: 45, PX25, or 300B?
@gregjacob I have not heard the tubes you mentioned, but I compared the Lab12 against some really good SS amps in 5 digits range like Esoteric Class A, Gryphon 300, Vitus Integrated and Aavik I-280. I would say it has similar sound and refinement... 
Best Tube Amp for High Sensitivity Speakers: 45, PX25, or 300B?
Have you considered Lab12 Integre 4 MKII? Uses 4 KT170s. I love it so much and IMO as good as the much more expensive Jadis I70. Incredibly realistic timbre and bass quality. Vocals sound heavenly. I have one paired with Lab12 Dac1 Reference simp... 
Integrating speakers into contemporary decor - can WAF ever be overcome?
@audiotroy has mentioned the Cabasse Rialto and IO3. I often walked around with my wife around the showrooms and showed her the various speakers. Cabasse’s speakers without a doubt have the highest WAF. They can be easily put on the table or TV c... 
Can you give me your speaker suggestions?
@palutena The Duettos are certainly not small and they have a good sense of scale. I’m struggling to think anything as good as the Duettos at their price point, they are that good IMO. I am going to second the recommendation of Elysian 2. And whi...