jallan

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Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
No question for me- Schiit Yggdrasil GS DAC. Revolutionized my view of streaming audio and I have never looked back. Second after that was building my GAS Ampzilla- knocked the living crap out of my Sansui 2000x amplifier section. First taste of t... 
Good measuring DACs vs.
Measurements are grossly inadequate as they can only approximate dynamic conditions. Most commercial Dacs measure well, but they sound grossly different.   
DAC upgrade
The Schiit Ygdrassil has a GS2 version for $1699 that should fit your need. The Modi Multibit is remarkably good for the price; the more expensive Schiit shares the same dynamic drive with markedly better resolution. I have the original GS version... 
ATC SCM40
I run the ATC SCM40 v2 passive using a SST Son of Ampzilla II amp with no issues. I think it’s a fabulous loudspeaker, made even more fantastic by the $2000 price drop. The use of the ATC-built tweeter made a vast improvement over the Scan Speak f... 
ATC SCM40
I would add that I think your amp would be ok with it. I would recommend a tube based preamp, mine work great with my Schiit Saga and Freya+, ARC SP6B, and my Cary SLP 05.  
ATC SCM40
I run the ATC SCM40 v2 passive using a SST Son of Ampzilla II amp with no issues. I think it’s a fabulous loudspeaker, made even more fantastic by the $2000 price drop. The use of the ATC-built tweeter made a vast improvement over the Scan Speak f... 
Speakers - Your "Safest" Choice
I’d get powered ATC SCM40’ ($12K), sell the amp, and pocket the difference.  
Best Options For A Tubed Preamp - $2500 Or Less, Preferably Used To Maximize Value
+3 on the Freya +.  Mine with Ken-Rad VT231’s in the gain stage and CBS-Hytron 5692’s in the buffer is the best combo of tubes that I’ve rolled   
Do I Need a Dedicated Streamer?
I found that moving from my laptop to an Aurender streamer was revelatory in the positive improvement in sound. It wasn’t close. Hardwire the server with Ethernet.  getting good results with the Bluesound Node in my second system, again with a ha... 
Magico A3 replacement
If it was me, I would stay put.   
DACed and Confused here...
Schiit Yggdrasil GS2 for $1699 seems like the deal here.    I have the GS and I have never felt the urge to upgrade from this   
My Portable Audio Rig
My guess is that the headphone jack pin connection to the Dragonfly on your earbuds is bent. This can cause what you are experiencing, especially if the sound is intermittent or improves when you rotate the pin. Happened to my travel headphones- t... 
power amp ideas for less than $3000
Schiit Tyr mono blocks for $3,200.  
Help me spend $100,000 on a new system
I will throw in a further two cents. I would keep your Magicos if you like them. If you’re downsizing your house, you may not benefit from a larger speaker in a smaller room. Much as you like your Luxman, I think you could improve your electronics... 
Who is excited about Capital Audiofest 2023?
I learned that one day only allows visiting perhaps 1/20th of the rooms. I didn’t even make it to the sixth floor. But I did hear some great music. I agree with a poster above that the GoldenEar 66’s sounded great, not at all bright. Best budget ...