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DCS Bartok v Meitner MA3 v Esoteric N05XD
I spent a week with the Bartok and owned the Bricasti for a while. Haven't heard the Esoteric.   At the same time I had the Nagra Tube DAC and a Matrix X Sabre 3. I have also owned the Chord DAVE/M Scaler and a number of others.   I kept the d... 
DAC Under $3000
The Matrix X Sabre 3 is right on your budget. I have owned some vastly more expensive DACs, and the Matrix outperforms them all. Probably the best value in digital audio.  
Kumza Stabi S or Rega P10 ??
The P10 is not a warm or weighty sounding turntable. It sounds a little bright, and quite analytical. I found I preferred the P8, which had a fuller, warmer, and more natural sound, although gave up a litte bit of detail and drama compared with th... 
Bricasti M5 vs Ultrarendu Advice?
I have an UltraRendu, an OpticalRendu (with linear PSUs) and a Bricasti M5. I use the M5. I really must get around to selling the two Rendus. For me, as a streamer, the M5 is as good as it gets. It also has AES/EBU and SPDIF, as well as USB, whil... 
If you had $12k / £10k to upgrade your analogue front-end...
"Rega P8 (I prefer it to the P10)" why? I am curious   If you heard the P8 and P10 compared in a store demo you would almost certainly prefer the P10. It sounds bigger, more dramatic, more detailed and more dynamic. But if you live with the t... 
If you had $12k / £10k to upgrade your analogue front-end...
Rega P8 (I prefer it to the P10) Rega Aura phono stage (among the best I have heard at any price) Ortofon Cadenza Bronze          
What Does It Take To Surpass A SME V?
Having owned the SME arm as well as a Kuzma 4Point, I would recommend looking at the Audio Origami PU7. I personally feel it is better than the SME in every respect, and more musical than the Kuzma.  
new Meitner MA3 hit the rack today
How does the attached files sound thru the MA3?  I could get rid of a box with my Bricasti M3 and Melco Na combo.  I spent a week with the MA3 but ended up buying the Bricasti M3. I felt it sounded better and more natural. Make sure you get a l... 
Amp match for Chartwell LS6?
The Exposure 3510 should be a perfect match with the LS6. I used Exposure 5010 amps when with my LS6 (before I sold them) and the combination was an excellent one.  
Break in time necessary and if so how long for Dynaudio Heritage Special ?
My Heritage Specials took months to break in. I have had them for about 9 months now, and I'm sure they are still improving.  
SPL: Reference level performance, German build quality, and innovative designs
Just adding my thoughts to this thread, having bought an SPL Director Mk 2 preamp and S800 power amp earlier in the year, and more recently a Phonitor headphone amp and Phonos phono stage. My main amplifiers were an EAR 868 preamp and Pass XA25 p... 
Which device makes for a better digital music source? Computer or streamer?
I have tried a number of PCs, both custom built using standard components and "audiophile" PCs like the Antipodes. I have tried low powered PCs and high powered PCs. I have used linear PSUs and standard switch mode PSUs (but good quality, such as ... 
Pass Labs XA25 paired with Marten Oscar Duo
I use an XA25 with Dynaudio Heritage Special, which are 4 ohms and 85db. It drives them to very satisfactory levels and I have never felt a lack of power. I have tried the Dynaudios with my 200 watt Exposure 5010 monoblocks and did not feel that ... 
Pass Labs XA30.8 for Dynaudio C1 Platinum
I use a Pass XA25 with my Dynaudio Heritage Specials, which are an 85db, 4 ohm load. The 25 watt Pass drives them very capably.  
Why do folks spend more on electronics than on speakers?
So you have some really cheap speakers? They must sound great though. The speakers are certainly not cheap. It is just that my Nagra Tube Dac and Nagra Classic PSU are obscenely expensive.