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Would like to try a tube preamp after years of solid state and hybrid
I still have the sa-1000 and feel the same about it my other system with Maggie speakers has the Shindo monbrison.  I love Shindo considering moving up its line and would put it up against any of the other players.  The entry preamp Aurieges is we... 
Importance of streamer in audio chain
Whatever you do IMHE,  buy a streamer that is commensurate with ur dac.  I have the Aqua LaScala .  Started with the blue sound  ii, Eversolo, then Lumin mini, and settled on the Lumin 2 in each upgrade there was an audible improvement.  The Lumin... 
A quick question on what streamers to consider.......
I recently purchased the Lumin U2, been blown away by how good my system sounds now.  Check it out, has body and detail, nice balance   
Can Aqua LinQ be used without Room interface
I emailed Aqua about this and they were very response.  A new input tidal module is now available that permits direct tidal play.  thanks for responding.  
Comparing streamer/DACs between $5-10k
I can’t comment on your possible choices but add that I’ve heard the Holo May and Cord Hugo TT,  I was not overwhelmed.  I demoed the new Aqua LaScala DAC  and loved it.  A friend of mine dropped over a Lumin U1 mini for kicks and I was surprised ... 
Weakest link in my system
Perhaps it comes down to what’s missing for you. That usually leads me to the next upgrade. what more you would like, more warmth, detail, sound stage, layering, extension upper or lower, etc. I know the ARC equipment plays very well with Magne... 
Determining compatibility with amps
for your room size the Maggie 20.7s would be great.  The 3.7s which I also owned and loved don't go down as much but still have the Maggie resolution and midrange magic and would also be an option.  I probably  wouldn't go down to the lower models... 
Determining compatibility with amps
As has been mentioned one needs to start with speaker selection.  Which tends to be a personal preference.  And clearly efficiency will impact your amp selection. For example I have Magnepan 20.7s which are probably one of the most realistic sound... 
Have you found your "End-Game" speakers yet? I have. And it feels so good!!!
I've had the Magnepan 20.7 for over 10 yrs now and love them, have never looked elsewise.  
Radical toe in once more
Regarding planar/ribbon speakers.  I have the Magnepan 20s that are located 5 ff from the back wall with diffusers (also highly recommended).  With regard to toe-in Magnepan recommends  in its operating manual that the tweeter should not be closer... 
I'm going to buy my first tube amp. I need honest blunt opinions
As you may know tubes have a wonderful warm sound and some have managed to combine the strengths of both sold state and tubes.  I have a pair of Wolcott presence 220 monoblocks considering parting with that combine the benefits of both.  Hate to g... 
New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui
I echo the comments about  having synergy between components. A case in point I owned the Accuphase DP-78 CD/SACD player a formidable  DAC that matched wonderfully with my Shindo, Wolcott 220 monoblocks and Maggie 20.7.  After moving to a Pass Lab... 
Shindo vs the world
I've been a Shindo Monbrison owner since 2008.  I love the sound of this unit and would be hard pressed to switch, It matched well with my Wolcott 220 mono blocks and now with the Pass Labs 350.8.  Even though the  older Monbrison has a high outpu... 
conrad Johnson 350se and Magnepan 20 speaker
Just wanted to thank everyone for all their input.  Will keep my eyes open for the amps. 
Accuphase DP-78 doesn't read SACD layer
After some further reaching out with Music Technology in Virginia.  They were very personable and had some experience with replacing laser lenses from China.  Their experience was mixed.  Some client never came back which means they were either ha...