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Help recommend a good tube preamp
@reg19 The 6SE was somewhat mechanical sounding - hard in the mids. The Backert is smooth! with a huge soundstage. Remarkable detail without getting in your face. Rich, large, detailed, smooth, emotional. It just sounds like music... That is wit... 
Help recommend a good tube preamp
+1 for the Backert Labs Rhythm 1.3 with NOS RCA 12SN7 GTA. Replaced my ARC Reference 6 SE with it and couldn’t be happier.  
Tube preamp options
@skucie  It is a simple question, but as often the case there is not a simple answer. I think the 6SE is stellar feeding tube amps. But I am using pair of AGD Tempo to bi-amp (GaN output D). They are very detailed and smooth amps, really lovely. B... 
What is the Best Sounding Stand Mount Speaker in the world?
Fyne F1-8, ~$10k  
Why not?
AGD supplies high quality power cords with their amps. Don't know about their other products.  
Small Form-Factor CD Player/Transport
I third NuPrime. I have the CDT-8 Pro. Great little transport.  
hearing loss and amp choices
Oh boy. Good topic. I can’t hear anything above 8k and I have tinnitus, but that doesn’t stop me from really enjoying music. I have several things to say about what has been said so far: • Hearing aids: most of them are truly junk. They, and audi... 
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
@ditusa  It has input gain adjustments L/R. Not the same. And even if it could really reduce the output gain my understanding is the quality of the pots involved are not great.   
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
Just ordered the Reference 6SE. Thanks to all for your help!  
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
I think I have to get the Ref 6. It has 12 db gain balanced output. The Cary has 24db of gain balanced out! And my Bricasti DAC is a 4V out balanced. So everything is rather hot considering this, the amp power and speaker sensitivity. I'm afraid t... 
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
@jmbumgarner01  why not use the two input level controls instead of the Rockwells? Or are they in the line from your DAC so your phono is not attenuated?   
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
Does anyone know what the gain is on the ARC LS28 and Reference 6? I think the Cary 05 is 17db.  
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
@mazian  I’m not looking for a fuller sound. The F1-8s are amazing with the Voyager amp. I have some minor concerns that it might be too full with the 05. But my much larger concern is too much gain. The 05 is a high gain preamp and I’m already r... 
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
@testrun Did you get the upgrade in your unit? I was planning to do that but they do not allow returns if upgraded. The only reason I might return the unit is as follows. My main concern is that this is a high gain preamp. The Bricasti, I believe... 
ARC Reference 6 or Cary SLP 05 with upgrade?
@testrun  Hi testrun! Yes, we do have similar systems, so your input is particularly valuable. Thank you. The Voyager, aside from having gobs of power, is slightly on the warm side and is quite robust in the lower frequencies compared to the Audi...