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Lumin upgrade
I have the U2 mini, and its sound will vary depending upon the quality of the linear power supply used with it. I'm currently using an Antipodes S60 LPS with it, and I'm very happy with it.  Add an Isotek syncro uni DC canceling unit, and the Lu... 
New- HiFi ROSE RS130 Ultimate Network Transport
I heard no discernible difference between the RS130 and the Lumin U2, they perform basically the same when paired with the AM Toubadour V and the Okto DAC8 I've read the RS130 caches the file for playback. I would imagine that it would be more ... 
Isotek EVO3 Syncro UNI
Syncro Uni is really a no brainer upgrade. I’ve had the Syncro cord in the past, but I wanted to be able to use my own power cords. And that’s also the drawback with the unit - it gets expensive requiring 2 power cords if you’re using good cords... 
High quality in-wall UL-C2 rated 10-gauge A/C wiring ?
Had you hired a reputable licensed electrician for the install he would have told you it does not meet the National Electrical Code for branch circuit wiring. CL2, Class 2 cable. I was told by an Audience dealer that the Hidden Treasure in wall... 
DAC’s
@lalitk Brinkmann Nyquist MKII doesn’t sound like digital at all. Brinkmann voiced it to his turntable.  It was a paradigm shift for me in that it didn’t sound like any other DAC. You can hear Brinkmann’s uncompromising vision for digital in thi... 
Lumin U2 vs Aurender N200
The new Lumin models with the new processing engine is a big step forward from the older models. I have a U2 mini running off linear power supply and it’s so good I’ve never even thought of upgrading.  
New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui
If you are streaming, I find streaming so much easier to listen to with a tube DAC. Alan Sircom described the Dave as “listening to a direct feed from the mixing desk”. Whereas the Brinkmann Nyquist will “summon up the musicians and conductors i... 
Hi Fi Tuning Supreme fuse-Burn In?
I have a supreme cu on order, based upon @lalitk recommendation. I’ve tried many different fuses, and many of them cause listener fatigue over time because they are too bright. They push the upper mids and highs. Spectacular at first, but quickl... 
Does a Tube Dac make sense?
I would say not only does a tube DAC make sense, it’s probably necessary for digital streaming. Streaming music can be quite unforgiving in a resolving setup. That’s why audiophiles add switches, network isolators, etc. I find my modwright CXN (... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
@fastfreight Let us know what you find out. @lalitk I've tried so many different DC cables (including KS realization), and they all sound different. Even different xfinity cable modem/router models sound different. The Motorola xfinity docsis 3.1... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
@fastfreight I always wanted to try Verizon Fios for streaming music, but not being able to replace the DC cable on the modem is a deal breaker. Maybe somebody will reverse engineer the connector one day.  
Isotek Sigmas or PS Audio P15
I have the Isotek Sigmas. Wasn’t prepared for how good it is. Alan Sircom’s review on the Nova is spot on. Your system takes less effort to make music. It also doesn’t change the tonality or dampen the sound. It just lets your component sound... 
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
@tksteingraber Thanks for the tube rolling tips. I will check out the Dario miniwatt tubes.  
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
@oddiofyl @auroravengeance I had a chance to demo the Lab12 dac ref. The colorful tonality and midrange was gorgeous, but it was too bright in my system. I wonder if changing the tubes would help?  
Grimm MU1 Streamer - Really "The Best"?
There is a difference between AES cables that is easy to hear when you go back and forth. But the difference is not as significant as other interconnect cables.  I found that a high quality aes/ebu cable was a worthwhile investment but it isn’...