markmuse

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New to Preamp - Preamp suggestion around 10k
My journey in the last few years has been BHK, replaced with Rogue RP7, replaced with ARC 6SE, finally replaced with Backert Labs Rhythm.  The BHK sounded best with 6-7 volt tubes, but was noisy with them in my admittedly overpowered system. The... 
Boressen speakers
+2 @blisshifi  Wish we had more participants like him.   
Looking for advice, recommendations
Based upon my experience I say your approach of a good tube pre with a GaN based amp is a sound one. Regarding amps, you can't go wrong with either AGD monos or Atma-Sphere monos. I have two AGD Tempo (stereo amps) to bi-amp my speakers. I tried ... 
speaker cables under 1k for Harbeth 30.2XD?
Another vote for Zavfino Prima MK2.  
Pass Labs XP32 or XP22?
I'm another vote for the Backert Rhythm 1.3. My amps are AGD, not Pass, so I can't speak to the interaction with Pass amps, but the Backert is superb. I replaced an ARC 6SE with the Backert and that was a big improvement.   
Feets Don’t Fail Me Now
+1 paul6001. Quite enjoyable.  
Fantasy or reality? Inexpensive solid state preamps that get you 80% there?
Just get the Benchmark La4. You will not be sorry. And they hold their resale value very well if you decide to move on.   
Warm and accurate bookshelves that can handle volume
I'll throw these in since they haven't been mentioned: Fyne F1-8 Qln Prestige 1 Both are superb and throw a huge soundstage while being well mannered.   
Curious to know your streaming and dac set up and the best recommended streamer under $15k
I recently added a Lumin U2 Mini to stream to my Bricasti M3 DAC via USB, and I am delighted with the results. Hard to imagine it gets much better than this. I had previously upgraded my network with fiber and linear power supplies. My 2¢.  
Time to do house cleaning.
I had a pair of ADS speakers back in the day. A friend called them Screaming Bricks. He was right. Tossed overboard.    
Advice? Less than $4k, solid state preamp, neutral to gentle
+1 Benchmark LA-4 an absolute steal at $2500 new.  
Help recommend a good tube preamp
@reg19  I want to point out one more thing about the Backert: the name Rhythm is not arbitrary. It is indeed descriptive.  
Qln, Joseph Audio, Audiovector, Marten, or Canton...?
+1 for the QLN and Joseph also consider Fyne F-10 i bought the F-8 (stand mount) over the QLN and the Joseph’s.  
Help recommend a good tube preamp
@reg19 The Backert Rhythm 1.3 is fully balanced, XLR in and out. That is what I use.    
Help recommend a good tube preamp
@reg19 I also had a Rogue RP-7, which has balanced in and out, and it is a very nice preamp especially considering its price. But it's not in the same league as the Backert Rhythm.