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Gotta love Nelson Pass
BIG fan of Nelson here, starting with DIY B1 buffer, as great as people have written about above. Had F4, aleph 30 and now F7, best of the bunch for me so far (xa25 is on my wish list for the future). Had many other amps too but his class A design... 
Metrum Dac owners
New Metrum Acoustics forum:¬†https://www.metrumacoustics.com/community and they have announced their Ambre Roon endpoint too. 
Metrum Dac owners
I have an UpTone regen that I used when my laptop was the source (now it is the SoTM), which I will hook up once the onyx is broken in to see what the effect is... 
First Watt vs McIntosh vs Ampzilla
I recommend an F7, those 20w go a long way, and it will be more resolving/less rounded sounding than the M2 (which I have been told is more like the aleph 30 I had than the F7). I run it into DeVore speakers, not as efficient as your Zus and I nev... 
Metrum Dac owners
I recently purchased the Onyx from hifi heaven, still in the break-in period but I already hear all the qualities nitewulf describes above. It ¬†sounds weighty and substantial while at the same time extremely resolving, and the soundstage is deep a... 
Speaker Suggestions for 300b SET Amp
Re: First Watt F7, mine sounds wonderful with DeVore The Nines speakers, have yet to swap in the 2w decware superzen to compare because the F7 is so satisfying! 
Who listens primarily to Redbook CD?
I listen mostly to jazz and have over 1500 CDs and have until recently only listened to them through my Red Wine battery powered CD transport (into a Metrum NOS DAC). Ripping and serving from HD or SSD makes sense to me, from a downsizing perspect... 
The one that got away
Just last night I was typing a question to the seller of a sonictransporter I7 when the ad expired, it was a very good deal - on Audiogon you snooze you lose! My trouble is I like to research everything if I'm not completely familiar, even if I kn... 
Best Jazz pianist
+1 for Brad Mehldau, how about Esbjorn Svensson (EST), Aaron parks, Renee rosnes, Kenny Werner, Sam yahel (well, organ), wessell Anderson, craig taborn, mulgrew miller. Vijay iyer, Fred Hersch, Robert glasper, so so many! 
Small living room speaker options.. Totem Arro?
I haven't seen Devore mentioned here, the Gibbon 8 and super 8 come up now and again used for $1k and $2k respectively and are a smaller form factor for a floorstander, meant for smaller rooms (though I have mine in a larger room in near field and... 
First Watt F7 owners, impressions?
I wanted to update this thread because I just got the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE preamp (with stage 2 upgrades) and it brings out the best in the F7 to my ears, compared to the others I listed above. I am sure many others have this amp by now, given all... 
Best budget integrated choices
Jump on the red wine audio signature 30.2 LFP-V listed for $500 right now on Audiogon, great price for an outstanding amp designed and built in the US by Vinnie Rossi. Those 30W drove my 88db Gallos no problem, has a tube for some tube rolling fun... 
What is best tweeter height for the Devore O/96?
Back to First Watt and DeVore pairings: I have the F7 driving Gibbon Super 8s ($2k used these days), great imaging and soundstage, excellent tonality. The speakers are tilted back and footers fully extended, they may still be a little low but I pr... 
Turn table for my kid???
Bought a used NAD 556 (rega RP1 essentially) for my college aged son, with u-turn preamp and it worked out great! Definitely don't ignore used gear, RP1s with the performance package come up periodically on audiogon, or open box ones are cheaper a... 
Regarding Joseph Audio Pulsar Loudspeakers
At that budget, it is worth listening to Devores.