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    There were decent suggestions made at under $1k but still no return feedback was given.

    Is the Trends amp a SET? I knew they made a splash with their little digital amp but I didn't hear they were doing tubes. Do you have a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    There were decent suggestions made at under $1k but still no return feedback was given.
    You're right, a simple "thank you" from the OP would have been nice at some point. There a lot of good suggestions were given.

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    Last year I was looking for a system to go in my Office. The only criteria, it must be all in one, Tube and below 1K. I know it's a little bit above the OPs budget, but if you can stretch to this you will not be dissapointed. I went for the Shanlings MC30 and to partner it "The Horn" from Ed Shillings "The Hornshoppe" www.thehornshoppe.com, .
    Will it blow the house down-no. But that was not the point. This little system has 3 mighty SET watts. Fed into the single driver horn it amazes everyone who hears it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    There were decent suggestions made at under $1k but still no return feedback was given.

    Is the Trends amp a SET? I knew they made a splash with their little digital amp but I didn't hear they were doing tubes. Do you have a link?
    This is the little device (and the audio converter "light") I am reviewing - it is a tube hybrid http://www.trendsaudio.com/index.php...d=21&Itemid=56

    I am only reviewing it as a headphone amp because I am living and teaching in China this year and my system is at home so I can't test out its other features. However, it offers a lot for tiny money. It runs as a preamp as well and if it's anything close to as good as the headphone amp then it's very nice to see such an inexpensive unit sound this good. I can't give too much away but it's a big step up over my Total Bithead - the Bithead was designed for different purpose to be fair and it's half the cost.

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    Sure is a cute li'l fella...

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    These are all good tidbits of advice. I would just check what's out there and consult with some of the reviews in this site and others like it to make sure that whatever I was interested in has some concurrence about quality, etc. Just remember, you get what you pay for. There are plenty o' good bargains out there, but a lotta dreck masquerading as the real deal. Do your homework and pounce. If it was quality then, it's probably pretty darn good now. Also, think about upgrading down the road; will your goodies be attractive to the next schmo who might be interested in your stuff? Check out the blue-book values and get a feel for what's desirable. These guys here are pretty sharp; scope 'em out....
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtolisten
    I can understand why the OP went AOL. The poor guy was looking for a system for under $1,000. Our discussion here went from there to escalating to much larger $$$. Being a newbie myself, he was probably a bit intimidated by it all. Kind of like walking into a Ferrari dealership to buy a Ford. We all can't afford Ferrari's. We'd like to. But for some of us, it's out of the question. At least that's my perspective anyway.
    I doubt that was it. The discussion stayed affordable for a week without a return post from the OP.

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    I don't want any thanks but I'm interested to see what folks decided to do, if anything, after getting our feedback. What ever direction a person goes it's nice to see how it worked out.

    Speaking of that, Auric, what ever happened to that outboard DAC you bought? CAL still singing?

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