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hifihandyman

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From separate streamer and DAC to al-in-one suggestion
That’s funny, I just went through this exact scenario. I had a total of SIX components for my front end: SOtM SMS200 Ultra Neo streamer with upgraded power supply, Denafrips Gaia DDS, Denafrips Venus II DAC, and a Hattor preamp with vacuum tube li... 
Hattor Audio preamps?
I have one that’s got all the upgrades and the tube stage as well. It’s a superb preamp for sure.  In my system, the tube stage adds a lot to the sound being amazing.  I recently compared to the Benchmark and there was no comparison, the Hattor is... 
Integrated Amp Suggestions
The new HifiRose RA180 integrated would be perfect! Lots of power, two separate switchable pairs of outputs, and super cool retro style.  
How do you make a final decision on a DAC
I am another Denafrips fan.  I’m running a Gaia/Venus II combo and it’s wonderful.  Smooth as silk and easy to listen to, while still being very detailed.  I recently tried out the Classe Delta PRE preamp and it has an ESS DAC built in, and it did... 
most beautiful (looking) speakers
KEF Blade, of course!  
Dumping it all for Lyngdorf???
I can definitely recommend the M33 as well.  I’ve spent time with the M33 with Wilson Duette speakers and it was incredible.  Very impressive.  Of course, my system sounds a good bit better, but cost much more and there are many more components.  ... 
Recommendations for a modestly-priced audio system?
This is my area.  I help loads of “cheap” people all the time.  She needs a pair of Klipsch Premiere RP-160M speakers and a Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp in silver.  People can get a lot of satisfaction out of that combo.  It’s perfect.  Unfortunat... 
Opinions wanted: 10-30K Speakers for Jazz/Folk
I would recommend the Wilson Yvette with a Parasound JC5 amplifier.  A sound to die for. 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
When I switched from the Bluesound Vault2i and Node2i streamers to the SOtM SMS-200 Ultra Neo streamer, there was a definite, noticeable, without a doubt difference.  My DAC stayed exactly the same, no charge.  The SMS-200 was much more confusing ... 
Suggestions for New CD Player
I bought the top of the line Sony CD/DVD player and stops working frequently.  I have sent it back to Sony and they have sent me a brand-new replacement unit several times, but the same problem keeps happening.  I gave it to a friend and the same ... 
Remarkably better sound possible with just 1 system component change?
I’m seeing what looks like two other pair of speakers there. First thing I would do if I came over is move the two other pair out of that room and pull the Kanta out a bit. I feel those other speakers drivers could be literally “sucking the sound”... 
Does it annoy you when companies don't show the internals of electronics ?
I absolutely LOVE it when companies show the inside of their components!  Even though I have no Earthly idea what any of the parts do, I still get excited when I see the inside.  Favorites include my new Denafrips Gaia and Venus II DAC combo and m... 
BlueSound Stinks(!), anyone?
Are you hard wired or WiFi?  These things don’t work worth beans unless they are hard wired.  At least for me anyway!  Good luck! 
How do I pay?
This is a common scam, don’t do it!! 
The secret to a great amplifier...
Crap!  My Parasound JC5 looks to have around NINE fuses inside!  If I had to choose one, would it be the one with the main power socket?  If I change them all that’s a lot of $$$$.