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  1. Thanks, god to know. I went to a retailer today to get that HD12, the first step. It lead me to more confusion about whether to go for an integrated Hegel. The retailer told me that the 88 db of my speakers might mean that 20 W is not enough for them to really thrive. Then he told me that the Hegel H80 has the HD12 build in, the identical DAC! Is this true? Now I am seriously considering the Hegel H300 because of a good deal ($3100 new). It´s a long way away from tubes, but I realize that the great tube sound I would like comes are a MUCH higher price than that. I do quite like solid state as well, when done right, and will audition the H300 soon on my own speakers. Is the DAC in HD12 and H300 similar? Looking very much forward to listening thanks!
  2. Thanks for the insightful response pooger I will have to figure out if those 20W are enough to drive ProAc D18 I am going to bring the Hegel DAC to audition with the P2 PP. It would be insane to hook up my old Audiolab 8000S as a preamp with this equipment right? It does that function, but is of considerably lower fidelity.
  3. Being new to DACs, I have what is maybe a couple of silly questions. I am considering getting Audio Note P2 PP (20W) Audio Note And having a Hegel HD12´s pre-amp "drive" it. Is that even possible? And will the power amp thrive enough if so? Hegel Music Systems - HD12 Does anyone have any experience with pre-amping any power amps directly from a DACs pre-amp, especially the HD12´s?
  4. I would advice against using any TLC based SSD for music storage such as the Samsung 840 EVO series. Surely people keep backups of their collection, but opting for TLC based NAND is shortsighted. The reason being that TLC degrades the cells quicker, resulting in a situation where your SSD becomes faulty or simply fails much quicker than MLC or SLC based SSDs. Its a little "techy", but here is a way more precise explanation: AnandTech | Understanding TLC NAND