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Coincident Frankenstein 300b Stereo Amp
The Frank stereo amplifier has out performed my Wavelength Cardinal XS mono blocks, VAC PA160, and Wyetech Topaz.  Simply stupid good - correction, GREAT. The Wyetech had the superior leading edge of the note and overall dynamics - until I switch... 
Tip for purchase new power cable
I have auditioned a number of power cables and one that makes an audible difference is the NRG The Five power cable...adds 2-3DB to the bass without clogging up the mids or highs. https://audiobacon.net/2019/08/17/27-audiophile-power-cables-revie... 
Revisiting Chinese Knockoff Cables
In comparison to higher end gear, the China cables are very, very average.  I have the China Valhalla cables and they are  OK - nowhere near the quality of the Audience cables that are my standard.  
Why Do Cables Matter?
I recall over two decades ago, I did not believe that cables made a significant difference.  I reluctantly tried an expensive ($400), Transparent RCA interconnect cable to my Gamut power amplifier and MSB Platinum CD player. Within the first 5 se... 
CD TRANSPORT THAT MAKES AN AUDIBLE DIFFERENCE
Thank you to all! I understand the argument that bits are bits.  Ones and zeros are sent to the DAC - and that is where magic can happen - or not. Still my ears tell me different.  A transport makes a difference.  It is illogical, but it is true... 
CD TRANSPORT THAT MAKES AN AUDIBLE DIFFERENCE
The Cyrus was the best sounding CD transport - but looking for better. PS I've got the upgrade bug!    
6922 Preamp Tube Recommendations
All good recommendations. Perhaps the best sounding are the BEL E88CC gold pins - circa 1969 - part of Philips disaster recovery plan by having a plant in India (all parts still Philips).  Give one the best of the Siemens and Amperex.  Warmth, dy... 
Best DACs under $7,000.00
I get it...we all have a limit based on perceptions of value added etc.   I will say that one of the finest DAC's out there is the Bracasti M3.  Around $5,000 new and it definitely elevates the sound quality of music in a noticable way!   Chee... 
Comments on the Berkeley Alpha DAC 2
Issue solved.   Thanks to all for their valuable input. The DAC was left on continuously for 72 hours before trying again...and it sounds Mmmmarvoulous :)  The tilted upper mids are gone and the sound is just amazing. Coincident 300B Franks, C... 
Considering Towers in the $3000 range
I would look into the Soliloquy line - 6.2 or 6.3.  Best match for a forward sounding SS power amplifier like Bryston.  
12AU7 tubes for a Rouge Audio Sphinx V3 Integrated
$200 is a very good budget.  Brent is a good guy, so that is great if you buy from him.   I recommend the RCA 3 MICA Black plate 5814A tubes from the 1950's.  Nice warmth and bloom - good transparency and dynamics...maybe $77 a pair.  Also, the ... 
CD Transport Question
Two recommendations - 1. The Cambridge CD Transport is very good - not super great, but at $700 very good and competitive with many transports and better than the Leak/Audio Lab (IMO) 2.  The Cyrus looks like junk - but it is wholly capable and ... 
COINCIDENT FRANKENSTEIN 300B STEREO
Hey Charles.   Your previous posts pushed me to get the amp! I am using the TJ Full music from 2003 (NOS) - but the real sonic changes came from substituting the stock driver tubes for Tung Sol NOS 6SU7GTYs and a Mullard rectifier. Likely, I w... 
COINCIDENT FRANKENSTEIN 300B STEREO
It took about 9 days for the power amp to get to me. Always hoping for  some WE 300B tubes - but man are they being forged.   P  
Power cords or power conditioner
In MHO, power cables, treatments and room treatments will add nominal improvements at best (unless your room and current cables are FUBR : ) Perhaps a very good DAC can add some dimensionality and image layering?  Soekris, Mytek, Briscasti etc  L...