Responses from toro3

Review of TEAC NT-505
I’m about two updates behind, but it’s looking I may need to use my spouse’s PC to run the update. The Ethernet connection is solid, but was aware this was an issue with this model. My plan is to ultimately obtain a used OpticalRendu, so not too c... 
Review of TEAC NT-505
I was lucky enough to purchase a NT-505 for $500 off Craigslist with the intent of doing a quick flip to help save for a future purchase. Instead, I’ve decided to keep the Teac and sell my current all-in-one NAD. This NT-505 is such a sleeper of a... 
pricing Classe SSP 25 (Esoteric DV50S)
HiFi Shark may be a good place to start to determine current and historical pricing: Esoteric  Classe  
How do you add color?
@vthokie83 +1 with your description of what you prefer (so well said) - this is extremely close to my sound preferences, but I’ve never been good at articulating.  Audiogon Friend Request sent!!!  
Aurender A20 or Lumin X1
@yyzsantabarbara appreciate the education/information. That Roon forum thread was the only place I had heard Aurender becoming Roon Ready. Had my hopes up.  
Aurender A20 or Lumin X1
Has anyone else seen the following about Roon and Aurender by chance? On the Roon forum I had read that “They said that with the new line that utilizes Intel instead of AMD, that they are working on a Roon Ready status for Aurender.”https://commu... 
Aric Audio
I agree. I think Aric is definitely one of the talented good guys in this hobby. I had purchased a used amp some time ago and had some questions. He was responsive throughout, as well as nice and genuine. What more could you ask for from a small b... 
What do/did you do for a living?
I always loved this thread. I agree, I’m happy to see this thread resurrected. Best job: Working at Tower Records in Honolulu during college. Worst job: Working in a cannery in Ekuk, Alaska between college. Current job: Medical social worker/th... 
Anyone buy one yet? Thoughts?
My exact thoughts!  
Anyone buy one yet? Thoughts?
@antigrunge2 I know you greatly appreciate Peking Opera per the multiple emails we exchanged a few days ago - I really didn’t know how passionate and knowledgeable you were (impressed!). As you already know, but others may not, I’ve really leaned ... 
Anyone buy one yet? Thoughts?
Came across the following from a member at WBF: Last year I purchased a Lumin U2 mini streamer which was a nice improvement over my Sonore OpticalRendu. It had better resolution which increased musical tactibility. Added a SBooster MKII linear P... 
Streamers with tube output stage?
Gosh. I don’t think this exist (yet).   
All-In-One (NAD C-658) vs NODE N130 with Separate DAC and Headphone Amp
OP, it seems like you have some good questions. I found the C658 thread on StereoNet to be the most informative and helpful. You may have to register as a new user since there’s a page limit if not logged in. If wanting to stay with the all-in-one... 
All-In-One (NAD C-658) vs NODE N130 with Separate DAC and Headphone Amp
Agree with Kota, DIRAC would probably have a big impact, in addition to being an all-in-one, as well as having two sub outputs. Because of your circumstance and needs, I would consider the C658 to be an upgrade from the Node.  
Is Rap a valid musical form?
@czarivey you made my day then. Gang Starr was Guru and DJ Premier. Agree that Guru’s Jazzmatazz albums were solid throughout.