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What speakers have you mistakenly let go and then later repurchased?
Green Mountain Audio Chromas. I liked them but thought they lacked sparkle. Replaced them with B&W 704 s2's and then bought Legacy Audio Signatures. I listed the Chromas for sale, but no takers. After a few years of owning the Legacies I compa... 
Looking for a McIntosh amp that gives a great example of the “McIntosh Sound”
I recommend the Mc152 which I’ve owned for about 8 years. It definitely has the McIntosh house sound: smooth, good sound stage depth and width, nice imaging, a touch of warmth and always listenable even with a mediocre recording. It sounds very mu... 
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
Thanks for the update. I found myself consistently preferring the way more expensive Hegel p20 and p30 so the pre90 will eventually go up for sale.  
Amazon music vs Qobuz
@Robshaw I used this method until about a year and a half ago. I did find adding a separate dedicated streamer fed by ethernet via a switch and optical cable lowered the noise noticeably in my set up. I stream Qobuz via Mconnect, but have not fou... 
Amazon music vs Qobuz
@Robshaw   You said "I use a windows based computer to stream through my Meitner DAC hard wired via Ethernet cable."   Can you explain in more detail? I assume the ethernet cable goes from your router to your dac which contains a streamer. Can... 
LTA microZOTL or Backert Labs Rhumba Extreme 1.3?
You can do the two week trial with the Microzotl. I did and found it was not a good match with my power amp.  
Preamp with selectable outputs?
I would call a pro audio store like Sweetwater and ask if they have a remote controlled out put switcher.  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@americanspirit  I have a P30 which I use with a McIntosh MC402.  It's  very nice, especially with natural timbre. I hear the P30A won't be in the US until November or December. How does the M8sPre sound with the Mac?  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@americanspirit If you're still looking for a preamp, you might want to try a Hegel P20. I use it with the 005 and the McIntosh MC152. I found it was better than the McIntosh C47, more dynamic, detailed, and timbrely accurate.  
Schiit v Topping
The Pre90 is beautifly transparent, but in my system rendered a portion of my music collection thin, harsh, and fatiguing. I will  try a tube buffer, but that might reduce the transparency. We'll see. I am interested in enjoying my music collectio... 
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@sns  " . . .     Both [analytical and romantic approachess] made certain recordings intolerable, you know you've hit the mark when pleasurable listening sessions don't require a culling of recordings based on sound quality."  Yes. This is my goa... 
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@sns I agree it's possible. I just need more information to understand the details of how they achieved it. One question would be: how does does it handle mediocre, harsh,  or thin recordings? Would the result still be musical or fatiguing?  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@yyzsantabarbara The Serene review seems impossibly contradictory. More transparent than the Benchmark, but yet more engaging and musical. I would need a lot more information in order to understand what exactly their reporting.   
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@rrboogie I look forward to hear your impressions of the Yaquin with the Pre90. I did notice that the s/n ratio is listed at greater than 75db for the Yaquin. It seems it may be too noisy for the super quiet Pre90.  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@melm Nice hypothetical. Were you a philosophy major? I was.