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Signal tube versus power tube, sound impact?
I would replace to signal tubes first, research and get the best you can afford.  Why they will last.  You will have to replace the power tubes because they burn out much faster.  Just my experience.    
Clock vs Streamer advice
I wound expect the n200 to sound better based on cost differential.  You may want to look at Small Green Computer (i5, i7, i9) with the Bricasti rendering card as a more cost effective solution.  I’m currently using an SGC i5 w/4tb ssd interfaced ... 
What is going on here? Streamer or DAC?
Are you using Roon or native Qobuz?  I had a simular problem Roon my Roon database on my laptop which was the only wireless component in my music stream.  I went to a dedicated music server (SGC i5) feeding my streamer/DAC combo.  The Roon databas... 
What is going on here? Streamer or DAC?
Are you using Roon or native Qobuz?  I had a simular problem Roon my Roon database on my laptop which was the only wireless component in my music stream.  I went to a dedicated music server (SGC i5) feeding my streamer/DAC combo.  The Roon databas... 
Cary vs Raven
@immatthewj  - sorry should have included in prior response.    
Cary vs Raven
Not sure.  My assessment is based on hearing significant improvements with changes in electronics, tubes and cables.  I guess my learning after 35 years in this hobby is speakers have to be capable to hear the differences in other components.  Hav... 
Cary vs Raven
I would find the speakers I loved (and over buy) and then move through used equipment to find the amp(s) that work best. In my opinion gong in that order will provide the ability to hear the difference in electronics in your home environment.   I ... 
USB to Dual Coax Bridge for Qutest DAC
What is your source of music?  What applications are you using ie Qobuz, Tidal, Roon, CD???   Are you using a music server, streamer, etc, wired, wireless?    
Looking for decent DAC with volume control
Used Bricasti M3.  Great DAC and excellent volume control.   
Help With New Preamp Decision
@vthokie83  if the current owner will share the serial number you should be able to reach out to Audio Research to get history on the Ref 5se.  I would do it anyway just to know for sure what you are considering to purchase.  Good luck.   
Help With New Preamp Decision
I found myself in the same position about a year ago.  You have some wonderful options and really can’t go wrong. It just depends on whether you’re looking for “old” tube sound or newer tube sound (more solid state sounding).  I ended up with the ... 
USB to Dual Coax Bridge for Qutest DAC
@drlou77 just wondering if you got your Bricasti M3 or the weather caused shipping problems?   Still interested in your impression!   
What affects front to back depth in room/ system?
Try playing Moon River by Jacintha to get a perspective of image placement and over all system sound.    
Thinking of upgrading speakers from ProAc 3.8 I have enjoyed in my system for 23 years.
+1 for Joseph Audio Pearls if within range. Used maybe??? I owned ProAc 1.5 and now own Joseph Audio Perspectives.  The Perspectives are much better in everything.  But they should be at about 3x the cost.        
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
I bought one of the last pairs of Joesph Audio Prospectives (first Generation) directly from Jeff.  I discovered I can’t afford the electronics to find out how good they are.  Other than upgrading to second generation (just to have) my end game sp...