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ifi LAN iSilencer
kennymac, you must have an inherently noisy source to realize a “brilliant effect” from three silencers. Either that or my Auralic Aries Femto with sBooster power supply  and DH Labs Ethernet cable are even more noise-free than I thought. I’m hap... 
ifi LAN iSilencer
In my system (Auralic Aries Femto connected to the internet via an Audioquest Forest Ethernet cable), I find that the iFi silencer degrades performance. It strips some of the emotion in music. Has anyone else observed this effect? Is there a break... 
Aurender N200
Don’t you just love it when people make completely unfounded statements. They are replete in audio.  
Early Impressions of Lab12 Integre4
I’m not as pleased with Genalex Gold Lion KT-77 tubes as others are. Compared to  good EL-34 tubes in my Coincident Dynamo SE amplifier, I find the KT-77 tubes to lack the sweetness I favor. To my ears, the KT-77s are slightly bright and sound a b... 
MHDT Orchid or Denafrips Ares?
A new Ares II sounds essentially as good as an older Audio Note DAC 1 series. If you have the money, a new Audio Note DAC 1.1x/II is likely to surpass the Ares II when it comes to making music. 
Denafrips Ares II vs MHDT Orchid
There is only one authorized seller for the Denafrips Ares II and that is Vinshine Audio. The Ares II is available from them for 1100 Singapore dollars, which is about $800 USD, shipped. Easy, peasy. 
MHDT Labs Orchid DAC review
Why settle for imitators like MHDT when the original is available: Audio Note? 
Lumin U1 vs Lumin U1 mini + sbooster?
Amazing thread. Essentially no references to music. Just many unfounded opinions masquerading as facts. 
Some DACs I am Considering-Any thoughts?
Lots of excellent DACs mentioned, but if you’re looking for the “magic” in music, go with the highest level Audio Note UK DAC (not AN Kit) you can afford. Most of these other DAC manufacturers didn’t even exist when Audio Note UK started making NO... 
DAC finalist please help
No one has mentioned the granddaddy of NOS DACs and still the one to beat for musicality (IMHO): Audio Note UK. 
Has anyone had a laser replaced in a Audio Research CD-3 MKII has great expertise with the Philips CD Pro mechanisms. And they sell replacement CD Pro transports and optical pickup units. The CD Pro transports are expensive but are user-installable. You might get lucky and only have to replac... 
People That Have Upgraded From Harbeth 30.1s....
If you like your speakers to make music, as opposed to just playing the notes, Harbeths are one of the better choices. Some people want their speakers to give them audio thrills; others prefer to listen to music. 
price of Oppo players threw the roof
I also just received an invitation from Oppo, in my name only, to purchase a 205. The offer is not transferable. It appears they are doing their final production run in batches, beginning now and probably ending by August. So if you put your name ... 
Oppo Ceasing production
Hey stereo5, I’ll take your system and use it gladly!