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What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
@soix  "...everyone needs to define that inherently indefinable neutrality for themselves. I think this is a big part of the art — and wonderful, awful struggle— of ultimately putting together a great-sounding system."  Great point.  The "stru... 
What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
@hilde45  "Surprised Bryston never crossed your path.'' I always respected Bryston but just never had a good reason to own any of their stuff.  I looked hard at the 28B3 amps for a short time but moved in a different direction.   The thing I a... 
Newer Blues Artists or Recordings
@bgross - Really like British Blues, and Faces are a favorite. Five Guys Walk into a Bar is awesome. Not to forget John Mayall (and the Bluesbreakers). Dude is 90 and just ended touring a year or so ago.  Check out John Mayall’s 70th Birthday Conc... 
What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
I have kept a list of those I have owned over many years. It probably needs updating but here it is... Preamps I Have Owned The Best SMc Audio TLC SE (Signature Edition) (Formerly a McCormack TLC-1, which was upgraded by SMc Audio and is no... 
What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
In addition to whatever switching you need, and volume control, the preamp's job is to effectively control impedance between your source/DAC and your power amplifier including the cables.   High input impedance and low output impedance does that. ... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Traffic - On The Road  
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
I have no opinion on switches except for my own experience owning two Silent Angel Bonn N8 Ethernet Switches.  These are essentially the same as the English Electric 8Switch as both are made by the company ThunderData and use the identical board, ... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Susan Tedeschi - Live from Austin, TX  
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
Tony, the point was not really about how it sounds in your system (I suspect it sounds fantastic) since both the K50 and the Aries-Cerat Helene are well-regarded, top notch digital components.  The question is whether the extensive build properti... 
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
@tonywinga  Your K50 is a server/player, performing both server and player functions before directly feeding your Aries-Cerat Helene DAC.  Since the player is in the same box as the server, and since the K50 server/player resides in your equipmen... 
Newer Blues Artists or Recordings
@ezwind - Tedeschi Trucks Band is on my list of "really want to see" bands, for sure.  The Bourbon and Beyond Festival in Louisville in Sept. is within striking distance for me so thinking I should jump on that opportunity.  Seeing them at Red Roc... 
I want to replace the router/modem Comcast with a high quality for streaming
@erik_squires  "Because I do use Ethernet for much of my gear, a lightning surge from outside could take out all my entertainment devices (TVs, streamer, HT processor, DVD player.... etc.) and my gaming PC which is why I’m extra cautious." Do ... 
Newer Blues Artists or Recordings
You guys are awesome.  Some really good music/musicians listed here already, so keep them coming!  Some I know and many I don't so I am looking forward to exploring.  I just found three Marquise Knox albums on Roon. It seems more than a few popul... 
Newer Blues Artists or Recordings
Thanks @rockadanny - a very good start! I sort of remember hearing Rod Piazza with Honey and the Mighty Flyers at a blues fest years ago. I like his harmonica. I look forward to some more great suggestions on this thread, and I encourage giving ... 
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
@jji666 "My personal view is people buy these pre-built audio server computers because they look cool." That may be for some but I suspect it has as much to do with people being concerned with upgrading every possible component in their syste...