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  1. Getting reacquainted with The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psycho Candy (1985)
  2. Unfortunately didn’t quite work out for us, so still looking.
  3. Item: Rega Brio-R Mk II intergrated amplifier Price Range: $700-$1000 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: Hi all, looking for the 2017 version of the Brio-R. They don't seem to come up in the Classifieds, which probably speaks to their quality. Am based in Melbourne, so have to work around lockdowns for local, but can consider shipping options for interstste. Thanks for reading.
  4. Sorry to keep you in suspense @nowallet, I thought this thread had died off! I'm actually playing the long-game for a change, preferring to pay off my credit card from a couple of recent SNA purchases first. I'm keeping a keen eye on the classifieds and will jump on anything that comes up, but otherwise I'm probably about a fortnight away from putting a WTB up. I will be taking @Justin M up on his offer to borrow his Modi Multibit, as that was on a shortlist along with a Bifrost Multibit, Chord Mojo, Rega DAC or Arcam irDacs. From what I have gathered, they are ones th
  5. Thanks @Justin M, Very kind of you. I'll send you a PM.
  6. Hi all, I know I started this thread looking for DAC advice, but there was also significant interest and advice when I mentioned my system was on the bright side. Just an update on that front, I hooked up a Schiit Mani preamp which I picked up off another SNA member a couple of weeks again, yesterday, and it’s made an incredible difference to the sound compared to the inbuilt one in the Yamaha. I have a 2M Blue cartridge I haven’t yet installed, that might make an added difference. I still plan to switch out the amps and speakers in due course, but that will be for another thread.
  7. No, a few of those options certainly have been thrown out there yet @twofires, so thank you. I have no issue playing around with the bass and treble controls regularly depending on whats playing. It's only my girlfriend and I, so there is no judgement (unless it's from the cat or dog)! They are fairly well spaced, off the top of my head about 1.8m, but I'll play with positioning. Given it is set up in the lounge room, I also have to follow certain interior design directives!
  8. Thanks @sly_bastard for the SMSL su-8 v2 recommendation, I'll have a look into that one too. Thanks very much @twofires, very helpful advice knowing you use it for the exact same purposes. Definitely acknowledge the last point of your post, and I will get to the speaker and amp changes in due course. Just hoping to not add to the issue.
  9. Hi @charlie_bird, beginner’s question here. What does MQA stand for?
  10. Thanks for the link @Ittaku, the Toppings have been a popular suggestion so I'll pay that site a visit!
  11. Thanks @dr_carl, the SMSL is not something that has been mentioned yet, but sounds like it ticks a lot of boxes for you so I'll have a look into it.
  12. Thanks @el toro, will give it a read. Certainly no shortage of puns!
  13. Thanks @lenticularis, that was very helpful advice. The Schiit Modi is something that has come up a few times in searches as well-regarded, so I was surprised that no one mentioned it earlier. I figured the online reviews were marketing. So it was good to get your opinion on that as an inexpensive option. I always prefer to buy locally made and owned products, so I have a keen eye on the classifieds for a Gieseler, as well as many of the others suggested to me throughout this thread. I second what you said, I've been blown away by the amount of users offering me really
  14. Thanks for the recommendations @misternavi, the Toppings have been a popular suggestion. I’m not looking to solve my brightness problem with a DAC. Streaming is very much secondary to vinyl for me. I started this forum mainly to get suggestions for an inexpensive DAC that wouldn’t add to my brightness issues. We definitely look at a speaker upgrade in coming months.
  15. That looks like a good recommendation, thanks very much @Cafad!
  16. Totally agree @sir sanders zingmore, have been absolutely floored by the amount of people responding to this newbie topic with helpful suggestions that have broadened my options past the usuals found on google searches. @el toro’s offer takes the cake for generosity though. Very appreciative of everyone taking the time to respond to this.
  17. Thanks very much @el toro, just sent you a PM to hopefully arrange something.
  18. Thanks very much @08Boss302 for the recommendations. The Ares has been recommended previously, the Ares II specifically, so it’s pretty high on the shortlist at the moment. I’ll also have a look at the Pro-ject and Cambridge too. Thanks again!
  19. Thanks @danrey, certainly ticks a lot of boxes for me!
  20. Thanks @danrey, that is helpful advice. Geez the Topping is coming up pretty regularly, it’s going to be hard to go past that with all the recommendations for it today. TT, speakers and amp are all things I will look to change out in the next few months.
  21. Thanks very much @firedog. The Topping has certainly come up a number of times now, so under serious consideration. Thanks for the Schiit recommendation too. I have their Mani phono preamp and think it’s great. I’ve seen their DACs mentioned a few times online too as good options so might be worth a look too.
  22. Thanks very much for the recommendation @scuzzii!
  23. Thanks for the advice @recur. Your suggestion might be the way to go re: the Topping. I don't think my girlfriend will let me do much of the interior designing though, the cushions are her domain!
  24. Thanks @gwurb, definitely some useful information!
  25. Thanks everyone for your contributions. There is certainly a lot to think about and research. I know there is some work to be done in the rest of the system to gain the sound I want, the DAC is not the answer. I suppose the reason for this forum is hoping to get some recommendations on good entry-level DACs for the discreet use I am looking for that might add some warmth, but ok if not. There have been plenty of options provided to me, thank you, and I have already started looking into them. Feel free to send them coming! I'll certainly start a new forum for perspective
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