Responses from gkr7007

What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
Lampizator Golden Gate 3 is the best I've owned.  Stunning in my system. Best I've heard is a Lampizator Horizon which just made me want it but at mid 40k bucks it ain't happening.  I'm done with the upgrade path.  
DAC Help : Please Weight In - Down to 5
I have tried many DACs in my system in the last few years.  For me the Lampizators brought it all together.  I currently have a used Big 7 mk2 that came directly upgraded from Lampi that has almost no miles on it as I got a great deal on a Golden ... 
JJ preamp tubes - repeated problems
I've never heard a current production small signal tube (especially JJ) that wasn't beaten by some NOS stuff.  Immediate and obvious improvement in sound, and the added benefit of longevity   Check out Brent Jesse.  Knowledgeable, reasonable and r... 
Amp — Leave on or turn off
Leave it on.  Caps in many amps take time to charge up fully and give best sound.  I had a pair of Odessey monos with over 220 thousand uF.  I found them difficult to listen to even after being on for an hour.  I just left them on 24/7 after that ... 
Need a big favor picking a preamp
Holo Audio Serene with the upgrades.  I got one a few months ago and love the sound with both SS and tube amps.  
Eliminated my preamp with amazing results
Suggestion to gain better SQ in your system.  Stop streaming from your computer.  Get a dedicated streamer or streamer / player.  I've never heard a desktop / laptop streamer that wasn't topped by even a modest dedicated made for music unit.  
My speaker upgrade journey - and a few questions
I have a feeling that when all is said and done, that you're gonna miss those Linns.  
Recommendation Tube Integrated
Have you considered a little tube rolling in that Pacific to get a little closer to the sound you're looking for?  If you're using the stock provided tubes from Lampi that may be the reason you are looking for a little more tubey sound.  That's a ... 
power cable
Source (CD player, DAC, and phono preamplifier) Digital transport Power Amplifiers Preamplifier Turntable Motor Supply Paul Speltz of Anticables suggests the above.  But see what works for you.  
I still have my first piece of high end gear from 1973, a Sansui AU 9500.  I had it re-capped quite a few years back but only listened to it once.  It's been sitting there ever since.  It was top of the Sansui line coming in at 75 WPC, 20 to 20000... 
Watermelon test for audiophiles!
Just cryo the melon.  Works every time.  
First Tube amp suggestions
A lot of suggestions here are for SET amps.  An SET will have trouble driving the speakers you have.  You're going to be left wanting for more.  
Magnepan owners. Fuses or what
If you have the steel jumpers change them out.  You will be very surprised at the positive change.  
300b lovers
I have to say this thread has more information, insight, and history about amp topology and component interaction than anything I've ever read.  What a wealth of information!  Thanks @lynn_olson and ​​​​@donsachs for a stunning primer in current a... 
300b lovers
I am another of the lucky guys to get one of Don's 300b stereo amp.  After many years of transferring components in and out of my system, this amp simply puts everything into place. And, of course, being matched up with the DS preamp doesn't hurt...