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Holo May Pre-amp
Why not consider the Holo Serene preamp which obviously should be good with the May. The Serene only adds a touch of warmth. It is a tiny amount, and you get a super silent unit. I have the Serene and love it. The Benchmark LA4 preamp is similar i... 
Playback Designs MPD6 or Bricasti M21?
I have not heard either but researched both, the PDB is the most upgradeable sonically. It is FPGA based design done by the guy who invented the FPGA DAC design. The Nagra DAC that I think sells for $30k-60k is using the low-end code that Andreas... 
Magnepan LRS+ which amps do you use ? * 100 watts or less **
Mine is in my office so it gets the most play. However, my Livingroom speakers are much better. Though the LRS+ sounds better than the Livingroom system at the moment since I moved the CODA #16 to the office. To me, the LRS+ scales with quality am... 
RAAL 1995 headphones, Magna and Immanis
My friend Danny over at RAAL said that I can get the Magna and Immanis for a 24 to 48 hour window to listen. After that they are going to The Absolute Sound for review.  I have a whole bunch of gear ready to play them on. I am looking for some a... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@hanki Thanks for the follow-up and sorry to hear about the fuse issue. Those things can give some stress.  @minatophase3 congrats on the S5.5. I think you were the one going to get a Holo Serene from a friend to try out. You are going to love it... 
Magnepan LRS+ which amps do you use ? * 100 watts or less **
I was using my Sanders Magtech on the LRS+ for 6-months and loved it. That amp has 500 watts at 8 and 900 at 4. I had a first-world complaint about my CODA #16 on my Livingroom system, so I went ahead and put the 150-watt CODA #16 on the LRS+ for ... 
The Music Room
They offer rather low on gear you want to sell. I sell on my own.  I have bought a few things from them and returned 1 of them. That was useful since I hated the component.  
15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume
@ilikeclassical I mentioned that I had the Magnepan LRS+ in my small office. It sounds amazing in there. However, if I had your room I would look into this speaker (I mentioned before) or maybe the one below it. I would use an amp like my CODA #16... 
Handling Heavy Amps
@jfrmusic My friend and I both came to the same conclusion as you on the AHB2 when we compared it to the CODA #16. " I think the AHB2’s base has more definition and texture.". However, this was only on 1 very busy song. The others were a tie. My f... 
Have Luxman 509x. Considering Pass Labs INT-250 or Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated
@eclumsden Why not take a plunge into the world of separates with the Luxman c900u + m900u. Those 2 are the prior gen and available for a lot less than new. I heard them on the same system back-to-back against the Luxman 509x. Big mistake on my pa... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
@firefly627s Specs do matter to me. I spoke to Doug about getting the S5.5 for my Yamaha NS5000 and he said it may work since it is a 6 Ohm speaker.  I told him the 100-watt Benchmark AHB2 does work with it to some OK volume level. However, the a... 
Importance of a DAC's elements
The DAC design that has the most variability is the FPGA type, since it is software based. My plan is to get one of those in a few years. I use a Schitt Yggi+ LIM today. It punches way above its’ price. You will hear that statement from a lot of p... 
15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume
@ilikeclassical You should also consider the following. I do not like headphones, but these are. different (especially the (SR1a/SR1b). They do not replace 2-channel for me in my office, but they do serve the purpose of late-night listening. I use... 
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
My issue with the 07x was documented here on A’gon a few years ago. I will repeat. When I first got the 07x I found it a lot noisier than the Benchmark LA4 which I had. The 07x was supposed to an upgrade from that. I used the 07x with the CODA #8... 
15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume
@audiotroy I think you mean that you DISAGREE with me about the speakers being behind. Coming from you I take that comment with some interest since you are rather knowledgeable about audio. From my perspective my brain is not messed up with the u...