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Another "Best" amplifier Question.
Schiit Vidar 2 amp ($799) and a Schiit Freya S preamp ($599).  I used the older model Vidar with a Schiit Freya+ preamp for my KEF LS50 Metas.  Sounded fantastic and is well within your budget.  If you want an integrated amp, the Schiit Ragnarok i... 
Holo Red Streamer
@arafiq yes, it’s either a streamer or a DDC.  Once you connect (USB in) to use as DDC, you lose the network connection.  I bought it to use as a streamer and very happy so far. I’m using it with a Pontus 2 via USB.  I’m going to try i2s this week... 
Holo Red Streamer
I literally just finished hooking up the Red a couple of hours ago.  I ordered mine around the same time and it arrived today (NJ just outside of NYC).  Yes, it’s not clear at all how to set it up.  The manual is terrible. I’m upgrading from an iF... 
Anyone regretting Pontus 2 firmware upgrade
Very happy with the update.   More detail, better imaging and bass is a little cleaner.  It’s still a Pontus 2, only better.  
Denafrips Pontus II Clicks Or Static?
I have an Ares 2 and a Pontus 2.  The only time I’ve had static or popping sounds was with the Ares 2 connected to a Bluesound Node N130 via USB.  Using coax was fine.  I then swapped out the Node for an iFi Zen Stream via USB and never had a prob... 
Denafrips FPGA Firmware Update
Updated the firmware on my Ares 2 and Pontus 2 today.  Both updates were pretty easy.  The actual firmware update took less than a minute on my MacBook Pro.  Overall the sound quality on both was better, maybe more so for the Ares 2.  Hearing a li... 
Any love for the Belles Aria or other recent Belles amplifier?
@ahuey i’m running double biwire Kimber 8TC too.  And Johnny R said the same thing to me about moving to Audioquest. But he also gets that Robin Hood would be more than I paid for my 3a’s.  I’m on the lookout for used Audioquest but will likely st... 
Any love for the Belles Aria or other recent Belles amplifier?
Congrats @ahuey on getting the Belles.  It’s a really nice upgrade vs the NAD and must sound great. I was at Audio Connection about a month ago listening to the Belles dual mono Signature driving a pair of Treo CTs and that was an incredible pairi... 
Best Preamp to Pair with Acurus A-250 and Vandersteen 3 Signature Speakers
I have 3a Signatures and run them with a pair of Belles Aria monoblocks and a Schiit Freya + preamp.  I agree with the recommendations to sell the Acurus and spend the $5K on a quality integrated or new separates.  Honestly, 2 Schiit Vidars (new m... 
New Class D amplifiers
Anyone also told they need a Variac for it to work?   @jcarcopo  I don’t quite understand your post.  What happened with your Ultra?  I used the Ultra for 2 weeks and had zero issues. I thought it was a great sounding amp.  It was not the dual ... 
New Class D amplifiers
I did the tour with the Orchard Audio Starkrimson Stereo Ultra and had it in my system for about 9 days. It’s a fantastic amp — dynamic, great bass, good soundstage. It was better in many ways than my Belles Aria monoblocks but not enough to make ... 
Are There Roon Ready I2S Streamers?
I just ordered a Holo Audio Red streamer and it has i2s output with configurable dipswitch settings.  $800.  At that price it’s worth trying.  
HoloAudio STREAMER is out now
@hilde45 thanks!  Will definitely try the different connections.  I’m inclined to use USB but want to try I2S to see if it’s as good.  I’ve had good experience with AES too.  
Fantasy or reality? Inexpensive solid state preamps that get you 80% there?
Solid state preamps under $1K. New:  Topping Pre90, Schiit Freya S (I have and like the Freya + but you said no tubes) Used: Adcom GFP-750 — great preamp (I have one) by Nelson Pass that is either passive or active; Acurus RL11 or LS11 both punc... 
HoloAudio STREAMER is out now
I just ordered one.  I think it will take 4-6 weeks to get here.  I’m using an iFi Zen Stream now with an external LPS into a Denafrips Pontus 2 connected via USB . I’m not sure this will be a big upgrade but I like the idea of trying I2S from the...