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VTL preamps tonality (and vs. PrimaLuna)?
@tomic Every opinion I’ve gotten, from Lampi NA to users here and in Europe, is that SQ would be much better with a good tube preamp. I’m in Montana. There are very few real audio shops in or even near this large state and none carrying preamps in... 
Prima Luna EVO series amps/preamps now available...
Interesting post, aolmrd, because the 300 preamp and 400 should be the same, except no balanced section. I asked Upscale today if there is any difference between the balanced and unbalanced outs on the 400 and got two answers from two different pe... 
How important is a preamp for purely digital sources?
Interesting discussion. I've been running a modified Oppo 203 (digital only) to a Lampi Atlantic TRP dac, and then directly to ATC SCM19A floorstanding actives (and soon JL Audio e-110 subs). The ATC's are balanced but I'm using faux balance, i.e.... 
Ifi Spdif purifier
The iFi takes 5 volts. If it was mistakenly fed 12 volts, would it likely blow?I agree with the comments about the iFi needing a better LPS. I had an old Core Audio Technology Kora around and that helped a lot, but a Paul Hynes SR4 is even bette... 
Anyone have experience with the Ayon Stealth dac?
Thanks. Audio Note may be great but is not in my price range, even used, except at the bottom of their line.The other thing about the Stealth (and not Audio Note) that I should mention is that it has a remote, which is a requirement in my setup. 
Oppo 205 and external DAC?
With my Ric Schultz modified 203, I inserted the iFi spdif Purifier, basically a reclocker and galvanic isolator into the end of the run to a DirectStream dac. I've found it to offer substantial improvement over using a Snake River Boomslang spdif... 
DSPeaker Anti-Mode 2.0 in a 2.2 system
Thanks. I hadn't considered that the AM's dac takes over, rather than just doing some sort of separate processing. So was that your experience too, i.e., some degree of sound degradation? 
Warm HDMI cable?
geoffkait, Yes, but Cool - Neutral - Warm? This is to be used for audio only. 
Warm HDMI cable?
Best what? My question is about identifying good audio quality tonally warm HDMI cables, if there are  
Looking for a digital cable 75 ohm
For a few years, I've been using a Snake River Boomslang coax cable from Oppo 203 to DirectStream dac, although it looks like I'll be switching over to using HDMI/I2S with the Oppomod card primarily. I haven’t read through all the responses, but a... 
Doug Schroeder Method, Double ic
ozzy, where'd you pick up XLR Y adapters? 
Doug Schroeder Method, Double ic
Thanks for the clarification. I don't see any XLR splitters, only bare connectors, on the Audioquest website. And as far as I can tell, they don't sell directly, only through dealers, at least in the U.S. 
Doug Schroeder Method, Double ic
What XLR splitters are being used? I have three possibilities, and I’m not sure any of them qualify for even testing:- Oppo 205 with a balanced output (mod) to a Directstream dac- DS dac to ATC active speakers (SCM19A)- alternatively, DS dac RCA o... 
Oppo 205 modification
I didn’t describe my full system because it doesn’t seem immediately relevant to my questions. But to give a more complete picture, there’s a PS Audio power base and P15 regenerator, their AC-12 power cords and I2S-12 HDMI cables, and MG Audio Des... 
Oppo 205 modification
Thank you for this thread. It’s timely for me, as I came across a barely used 205 for a very good price this past week (my gosh, is the 203/5 market inflated!). I’ve been using a 203 modified by Stereo Dave’s, which has a nice warm, liquid sound, ...