zlone

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New streamer
I am contemplating a streamer upgrade as well and Innuos and Aurender (N150 as well) are in the mix. I have always used SPDIF, and it seems that these brands tend to limit the user to a USB interface. While my DAC has USB, it is not the latest fro... 
Recommendations on integrated amps
Any unit must either have USB or HDMI inputs to connect directly to the Nucleus, or have network/Wifi and be Roon ready. Guessing the Wi-Fi/Roon is the best option here. I like NAD, they usually punch above their weight. Maybe give Music Direct a ... 
Recommendations on integrated amps
How do you plan to connect the nucleus to the amp? If I am reading this right, the amp must have a DAC built in to process the digital out from Roon.  
Mid-Fi, Hi-Fi or.....?
@johnnotkathi Those jumpers look decent, just make sure to get the directions right when you install them. Pre out -> Main in. It is a super easy update, just pull the metal jumpers out and replace them with the cables. I used the Schiit Freya... 
What to ask when buying used speakers?
@yyzsantabarbara The chain is a custom Pi/Allo streamer -> Schiit Gumby -> Benchmark LA4 -> Coda #8. I am now looking at upgrades for the streamer and the DAC is probably due.   
Mid-Fi, Hi-Fi or.....?
I had that very same integrated for a number of years, it is very good. However, I wanted to see if I could do better and added a separate preamp, bypassing the one in the NAD. This was a significant improvement and removed some of the grain in th... 
Anyone buy one yet? Thoughts?
Reviving this thread as I ran across some comments on the Arce elsewhere, and I have recently started using Roon which makes this an option. Is anyone using one of these? Thoughts?  
What to ask when buying used speakers?
Just an update here, I did end up purchasing a used pair of KEF Reference 1's from TMR. The feedback here was very helpful and allowed me to proceed with confidence. Granted it was pretty low risk as they were certified pre-owned and backed up by ... 
Is more amp power always better...?
@decooney My pure Class A solid state 50w amp with mosfet opts (always on), sounds better than my other Class AB amps where the first 10w was supposed to be Class A.   Good point, pure Class A is another option. I am guessing that amps designe... 
Is more amp power always better...?
Lots of good advice here. If you can find an impedance graph for your speakers and see that they spend time at 4 ohms or below, you will want to ensure that the amp doubles or comes close to doubling wattage when impedance drops to that level. Ano... 
New Amp... Is it time to switch my speaker cables??
+1 for the Satori’s. I took @soix advice awhile back and they delivered.   
Add Chord Cutest (DAC) to Bluesound Node or purchase HiFi Rose RS150BDAC
I would not gamble on the Rose to deliver the best sound, especially if you don’t care about the bling factor that comes with it. I have not heard the Qutest, but there are plenty of well reviewed DAC’s in that price range, read carefully to find ... 
Young audiophile metal head looking to level up speaker choice
I owned Heresy’s for decades and liked them for 70’s metal, though light on bass, but I also owned a Sphinx briefly, and while never connected to the Klipsch, I think you might be right it could be fatiguing. Polk and JBL are classic rockers and w... 
Pre-amp vs gain control box help please
I think most will agree that a decent preamp will improve your system. I think the cheap boxes will have a negative effect. The Freya as recommended is a good place to start, or try the https://www.schiit.com/products/kara if you don’t want the tu... 
Integrateds: Luxman vs. Ayre?
It sounds like you will like the Ayre in terms of amplification, and the real question is whether the built-in streamer/DAC will be an acceptable replacement for the Pi/Mytek. Are you using a streamer HAT on the Pi or just native USB? If the latte...