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Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@batvac2  You said: "These [quantitative] characteristics - to me - provide a broad sense of the fitness of the engineering and industrial design." I think what you are saying, if I can restate, is your method of evaluating the quality of a piece... 
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@rrboogie  What model infrared repeater do you use?  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@melm  I agree. How good it would be if we could get back to the old Absolute Sound reviewing philosophy. Audiophile terms such as "layered", "seperation", etc. are less useful in the abstract. The baseline ideally should be a real musical event.   
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@rrboogie Does the pre90 remote work well on yours. Mine, as reported by others in reviews, works poorly. I wonder if this issue has been fixed in newer production models.  
Is optical mostly a waste of time versus Ethernet?
FYI https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/cheapest-way-to-enhance-sq-with-digital-streaming    
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@rrboogie  Did the tube buffer reduce the transparency by a noticeable amount? The idea of a tube buffer occurred to me but I thought it would necessarily add some haze given tube equipment generally has higher s/n ratios.  
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@roxy54  Yes. It was a digression, but interesting nonetheless. My question is on op amps, not amps.  
Topping Pre90 Switching op amps?
@yyzsantabarbara  I had volume issues with my McIntosh MC152 until I changed to the lower input voltage of the RCAs. I left the outputs on XLR and it worked fine. My problem is that it seems to render roughly half of my recordings worse than my r... 
Looking for a DAC that's better than Mc C47
I owned the C47 for a while and was not happy with the built in dac. I bought a Musetec MH-da005 for about 3K. I know this may be above your budget, but some feel this compares well to dacs costing 10K. Much has been written here on the Audiogon d... 
Kef R-3 owner questions
Have you listened to them yet? If so what was your impression? It seems to me it is a trial and error process.  I own Reference 1s, but I can't  say my experience is relevant  without more information from you about the sound you are actually (not... 
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
I experimented with the Topping Pre90. I found volume problems when I used it with my McIntosh 152 preamp using the higher voltage balanced inputs. The loudness problem was solved when I switched to the lower voltage RCA inputs. Ultimately I prefe... 
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@sns I still think the 005 is a fabulous bargain even considering that streaming and preamp are not built in. I had a decent preamp already in the chain as do many others so no extra expense there. Thanks to your comments and those of others, I ... 
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@jjss49  Thanks for reporting your comparison and doing the necessary work.  You post is thorough and well done. It certainly helps answer the questions that 005 fans are so curious about: How good is this dac compared to the high priced ones.I ... 
Luxman vs Hegal
@verdantaudio  This is a slight digression, but how would you describe  the sound of the Hegel H30, if you have heard it.  
Musetec (LKS) MH-DA005 DAC
@jjss49 Very well said.