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timski

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Streamer/DAC combinations
Consider the MHDT Labs Orchid tube based DAC (single tube), about $1200 new.  You see used ones on occasion around $800.  Very musical and liquid sound, but still plenty of detail.  It’s been my primary DAC for several years.  Recently tried a Den... 
Audio Mirror Tubadour V
@dhungana  Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, you’ve tried quite a few DACs!  I’ve also had the Yggy and briefly auditioned a Denafrips Venus II.  I prefer the Orchid to both. I will definetly add the Tubadour to my list of DACs to con... 
Aurender Model Choices
@polyrhythm9  Thanks for the idea.  I just tried toslink from my Innuos Pulse to my MHDT Orchid and it sounds really good.  It’ll take more listening to see if it is indeed better than USB or Coax, but it has some promise for sure.  
Audio Mirror Tubadour V
@dhungana  What other DACs did you try before settling on the Tubadour V? Considering upgrading my MHDT Orchid, which is a great DAC, just looking to take it to the next level.  
About ready to give up on Roon and my streamer
Are you still using a PC to run Roon Core? If so, I’d consider something like a SonicTransporter from Small Green Computer. You might also experiment with Logitech Media Server instead of Roon. I’m pretty sure the Innuos is compatible via Squeeze... 
Backert Labs Rhumba 1.3 vs Extreme
I can't compare the Rhumba to the Extreme, but I purchased a Rhumba 1.3 in December and am very happy with it.  I upgraded from a Freya (OG) and you will not experience anything thick or veiled with the Rhumba, no hint of tubiness at all. It is re... 
What's in your CDP tonight? the minority report
Nicki Parrott - From New York to Paris  
Converting my CD Collection from .FLAC to .WAV
What do ya’ll think about AIFF?  Uncompressed, lossless, incorporates metadata.  File sizes larger than FLAC, but storage is pretty cheap.  I compared AIFF to FLAC on my system and thought AIFF sounded better.  Very unscientific for sure, just my ... 
Tube Preamp for Pass XA25 under $3,000
@jcwilson Good choice!  I think that you will be very pleased.  I bought a new Backert Labs Rhumba 1.3 earlier this month and so far am more than impressed.  Was looking for a used one, but they’re few and far between.  Like you, I upgraded from t... 
Pure Class-A Amp under $2000 (USED)
You might consider one the First Watt amps.  I’ve had the First Watt F7 in my system for the last few years paired with a Schiit Freya (OG) and Tekton Double Impacts and have really enjoyed it.  Lot of bang for the buck.  I’ve recently upgraded my...