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    Still Searching

    I am still in the hunt for a new DAC. I bought a Cary 200ts DAC and returned it. It sounded very similar to my AVA DAC and it was not worth the money for the slight improvement in sound.

    I am going to hear a Luxman DA-06 DAC Tuesday evening. It may have the sound that I am looking for. A guy is going to bring it over to my house. He says the reviews on it are spot on.

    Here are a few reviews-

    Computer Audiophile - Luxman DA-06 Review

    SoundStage! Hi-Fi | SoundStageHiFi.com - Luxman DA-06 Digital-to-Analog Converter

    Luxman DA-06 D/A processor | Stereophile.com

    I like the fact that all 3 reviews are very similar in describing the DAC.


    The other DAC that I am considering is the Lampizator Amber and the Level 4 Lampi.

    I got to hear the Amber in a friends system and it sounded great. He is going to bring it over so I can hear it in my system. He had it paired with a pair of Sonus Faber Venere towers and a Parasound A21 amp and P7 preamp. The sound was warm, transparent, detailed and smooth. It certainly was not the Parasounds giving the warm and smooth sound.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Ah, the hunt The Lampi L's sound better but they cost more as well. Keep us posted on how the two work in your system.

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    Mr. P, There is used L4 for sale that I may buy.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    You can get a brand new Lampizator Amber in your price range, Raven. Its the entry level that sounds better than most high end dacs around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchmon View Post
    You can get a brand new Lampizator Amber in your price range, Raven. Its the entry level that sounds better than most high end dacs around.

    Frenchmon, I am looking at the Amber Plus with all the upgrades for under $3K. I am really hoping that the Luxman sounds the best due to its features and build quality. It's built like a tank, does DSD and upconverts which the Lampi does not do.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    So looks like you're really determined to get a top DAC -- a worth objective, I'd say. I'm sure Mr Peabody agrees with the importance of the "source first" priority.

    A couple I'd look at a little below the highest price levels would be these.

    As a current Schiit Audio use, (Bfrost Uber), I'd like to hear their YGGDRASIL which has some slightly excentric technology, including the Analog Devices AD5791 21-bit ladder DAC rather than more trendy 24-bit delta/sigma types; (it handles up to 24/192 input however.) It has an all-discrete analogy section and is upgradeable via interchangeable daughter boards for input, USB, DAC, and analog output. See HERE.

    As patriotic Canada, I'd also love the hear the Bryston BDA 2 DAC. See HERE.

    Both of these DACs are under US$2400. Unfortunately neither handle DSD.

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    A high end DAC is the last piece of the puzzle for my system unless I decide to move away from Magnepans and find a used pair of PSB Synchony 1's or a new pair of Harbeths or Sonus Faber Venere's which I recently heard. I heard the Harbeths at Axpona in the Vinny Rossi room and was blown away.


    I have considered the Yggdrasil, but I would like to see more reviews. I am leery of the guys posting that it blows the Bricasti M1 out of the water and just about every other high end DAC they can think of. I can get the Luxman direct from Japan for about $2700.

    I ruled out the Vega as it is bright sounding. The Lampizator Amber Plus can be had for about $2500.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Raven...you lost me here....what do you mean the Amber cant do DSD and upconvert?
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchmon View Post
    Raven...you lost me here....what do you mean the Amber cant do DSD and upconvert?
    The Amber plays what you feed it up 32 bit 384. You have to use your computer software like JRiver if you want to upconvert. It was my mistake, it will play a DSD signal up to 128.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    A high end DAC is the last piece of the puzzle for my system unless I decide to move away from Magnepans and find a used pair of PSB Synchony 1's or a new pair of Harbeths or Sonus Faber Venere's which I recently heard. I heard the Harbeths at Axpona in the Vinny Rossi room and was blown away.
    My conclusion is that the Magneplanar MG 1.6QR's are remarkable speakers, (not to say there can't be better ones), It sounds yours have been up to the task of exploiting the other upgrades you've made. Apart from the cost which is highly significant to me, I'm reluctant launch into a search for replacements since they are so good.

    Re. the PSB Synchronys, I notice that PSB is no longer listing them as current on their website, in fact they list only their Imagine and Alpha lines as current. The latter are considered a step down from the Synchronys as far as I know.

    The Sonus Faber Venere's are certainly impressive looking and on paper. At under $3k the Venere 2.5's look quite attractive.

    The value of hearing speakers or any other component in some hotel/conference venue is limited, IMO. As it stands, the only speakers I would consider buying w/o hearing them first in my system would be Magneplanar 1.7's or 3.7's. However I'll admit that there is a certain appeal for me to have smaller, less obtrusive speakers especially if they can be placed closer to the wall behind.
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    There is nothing in the price range of the 1.6-1.7's that can compete with them. My issue is that my room is live and I have a system that should not sound bright but is does lean a little to the bright side of neutral because of the room acoustics which is not going to change. I know that the PSB Synchony's are discontinued but there are still quite a few for sale. As for the Sonus Faber's I would consider the 3.0's, but I would probably try and up my budget for the Harbeth's at about $5500pr. PSB does have a replacement for the Synchony's but they sell for about $6500pr.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    I haven't heard a Harbeth that I thought was really worth the money.

    Have you considered these for your room?

    How to place HFT?s & FEQ in your listening room | Synergistic Research

    If you're going to spend that much for Harbeths, before you do, consider these?

    Acoustic Zen Adagio - Upscale Audio

    And several good brands here that would better the Harbeth in my opinion.

    New & Used Specials - Loudspeakers - Upscale Audio

    All Products - Loudspeakers - Sonus faber - Upscale Audio

    All Products - Loudspeakers - Upscale Audio

    and these would simply crush the Harbeths

    Reference 7 K | High End Lautsprecher | Reference K | Canton Lautsprecher

    The main problem with Harbeths is they don't do all music well....they mainly do female voices and softer music like some types of Jazz well and some classical. But you may not share in that opinion.
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    I think I have finally found the DAC that suits me. I got to hear the Luxman DA-06 DAC in my system last night. It sounds awesome. It is just as the 3 professional reviews have stated. It is extremely musical and dynamic. It leans a touch on the warmer side and it has a huge sound stage with great midrange depth and emotion. It does have some midbass bloom which I like. Treble is smooth, in fact the sound of the DAC is smooth and liquid. It has just enough detail. Bass is punchy, warm and controlled. Vocal, horns and piano sound just excellent. There is not fatigue what so ever. It is the most analog sounding DAC that I have heard. You can definitely tell that it is Burr Brown based and not a Sabre DAC. The build quality is superb, on par with the Marantz NA-11s1 that I briefly had.

    I am going to hear the Lampizator Amber in my system this weekend and I will make my decision then.
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    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    I seem to have forgotten but what source are you using in this adventure and for me it has been an adventure, I sort of don't want it to end. The DA-06 is a very good looking piece of equipment. It sounds like its performance matches its good looks.
    2 Channel System
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    Pass Labs X150.5 (Amp)
    Cary SLP-03 (Preamp)
    Music Hall MMF 5.1 (TT)
    Goldring 1012GX (Cart.)
    Pro-ject SE II (Phono Box)
    Rotel RCD-1072 (CD Player)
    Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
    Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
    Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington View Post
    I seem to have forgotten but what source are you using in this adventure and for me it has been an adventure, I sort of don't want it to end. The DA-06 is a very good looking piece of equipment. It sounds like its performance matches its good looks.
    Jack, I just used Coax input from my CD player, no digital music yet. I am sure that it will sound better with hi-rez music.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    Jack, I just used Coax input from my CD player, no digital music yet. I am sure that it will sound better with hi-rez music.
    Is that the Music Hall 25.2 that I see in your equipment list? That's what I'm running, digital coax from my Rotel to my Bryston. I have my hi-rez coming in on USB to my BUC-1 and then AES-EBU to my BDA-1.
    2 Channel System
    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II
    Pass Labs X150.5 (Amp)
    Cary SLP-03 (Preamp)
    Music Hall MMF 5.1 (TT)
    Goldring 1012GX (Cart.)
    Pro-ject SE II (Phono Box)
    Rotel RCD-1072 (CD Player)
    Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
    Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
    Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _

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    Usher X-719 (Mains)
    Usher X-616 (Center)
    Usher S-520 (Surrounds)
    Rel T2 (Subwoofer)
    Anthem MCA20 (Amp)
    Yamaha RX-A830 (Receiver)
    Panasonic TH-46PZ85U (Plasma TV)
    Denon DBT-1713UD (BluRay/SACD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    I think I have finally found the DAC that suits me. I got to hear the Luxman DA-06 DAC in my system last night. It sounds awesome. It is just as the 3 professional reviews have stated. It is extremely musical and dynamic. It leans a touch on the warmer side and it has a huge sound stage with great midrange depth and emotion. It does have some midbass bloom which I like. Treble is smooth, in fact the sound of the DAC is smooth and liquid. It has just enough detail. Bass is punchy, warm and controlled. Vocal, horns and piano sound just excellent. There is not fatigue what so ever. It is the most analog sounding DAC that I have heard. You can definitely tell that it is Burr Brown based and not a Sabre DAC. The build quality is superb, on par with the Marantz NA-11s1 that I briefly had.

    I am going to hear the Lampizator Amber in my system this weekend and I will make my decision then.
    Thats Great news! Keep us posted!
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    Jack, you are correct about the Music Hall. I had it modified years ago and it ruined the sound, so I just use it as a transport.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    I think I have finally found the DAC that suits me. I got to hear the Luxman DA-06 DAC in my system last night. It sounds awesome. It is just as the 3 professional reviews have stated. It is extremely musical and dynamic. It leans a touch on the warmer side and it has a huge sound stage with great midrange depth and emotion. It does have some midbass bloom which I like. Treble is smooth, in fact the sound of the DAC is smooth and liquid. It has just enough detail. Bass is punchy, warm and controlled. Vocal, horns and piano sound just excellent. There is not fatigue what so ever. It is the most analog sounding DAC that I have heard. You can definitely tell that it is Burr Brown based and not a Sabre DAC. The build quality is superb, on par with the Marantz NA-11s1 that I briefly had.

    I am going to hear the Lampizator Amber in my system this weekend and I will make my decision then.
    I know what you are saying about the Burr Brown chip's sound. My PS Audio NuWave Dac has a chip in the same family in it from TI Burr Brown and it sounds a lot like you have described of the Luxman. I have never heard a Luxman dac but it sounds like a winner in your system. I think you are getting close to a complete system that you can live with for years. for me I am waiting to finally get out of School before starting back to upgrading my system again.

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    I just pulled the trigger on the Luxman. I bought it direct from Japan. I should have it in a week. I also purchased a voltage step down converter 120v to 100v which they use in Japan.
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    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
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    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
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    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Congrats on your new dac! Is there a huge benefit from ordering form Japan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchmon View Post
    Congrats on your new dac! Is there a huge benefit from ordering form Japan?
    The DAC costs $5k in the U.S. down from the original $6K. I bought it for $2600 plus $140 shipping. The down side is that I have to buy a step down voltage converter for $20. Japan is 100v.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    The DAC costs $5k in the U.S. down from the original $6K. I bought it for $2600 plus $140 shipping. The down side is that I have to buy a step down voltage converter for $20. Japan is 100v.
    What were your impressions of the Lampi Amber?
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    Pass Labs X150.5 (Amp)
    Cary SLP-03 (Preamp)
    Music Hall MMF 5.1 (TT)
    Goldring 1012GX (Cart.)
    Pro-ject SE II (Phono Box)
    Rotel RCD-1072 (CD Player)
    Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
    Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
    Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _

    HT System
    Usher X-719 (Mains)
    Usher X-616 (Center)
    Usher S-520 (Surrounds)
    Rel T2 (Subwoofer)
    Anthem MCA20 (Amp)
    Yamaha RX-A830 (Receiver)
    Panasonic TH-46PZ85U (Plasma TV)
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    Congrats on the new gear!
    All of my DAC's are a bit long in the tooth but then again all of my gear is...
    I like how they fill out the sound on my sources so I would love to hear what a more modern DAC does.
    NAD D3020
    Denon 2910
    Denon DMD 1000
    MSB Link DAC III
    Von Schweikert VR2
    NAD 7240PE
    NAD 5240
    Hughes AK 100
    Tascam 122
    Technics SL 1700
    Rogers BBC Monitors LS3/6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack in Wilmington View Post
    What were your impressions of the Lampi Amber?
    Jack, I was not able to hear the amber in my system. They guy had to cancel and wants to bring it over later in the week so I decided to just go with the Luxman since I liked it so much. The thing that I did not like about the Amber is that it must be connected to a usb source to work, even if you are using coax in from a transport. I may regret the decision if I and when I hear the Amber in my system.

    As it turns out, the Japanese seller is including a voltage converter. I guess I will need to cancel my order for the one I purchased yesterday.

    Kid, the newer generation DAC's are much improved over the previous generation, especially in the budget range. Finding the right DAC is all about system matching because many sound so different. I love the Luxman because it sounds so much like vinyl and it is so musical and a joy to listen to.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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