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Yaqin CD3 Tube Buffer   Great tube buffer I won at the last Head-Fi auction.  Well, actually I didn't win, but I immediately managed to buy it off the guy who did win.   Anyway, perfect for adding power to your system, adjusting impedance mismatches, or just cutting a little of the "digital" sound from your system.  I have the crappy tubes that came with it, but am including two vintage NOS RCAs I picked up for $35.     The photos show the unit as I have it...
  I know.  I never said did.  It's just the only high quality silver stranded wire readily available for DIY, so I included it as an FYI.
still available.
  simple RCA - 3.5mm
Picked up one of these from Nikongod at the last NYC Head-Fi Meet for $90.     Loving it.     Put in some NOS RCA's - nothing too fancy, just good solid American tubes - and running this as an impedance match between my eastern electric minimax dac (which has an impossibly HIGH output impedance running with an e80cc) into a (yes this is highly strange) Pico Slim amp (which obviously has an incredibly LOW  imput impedance requirement) to JH13 iems.  I use the Pico...
make sure to try the Centrance Dacport, because it's likely better than all of them.
also the dr dac 2.   I could throw up a lot of things, but those tend to be the best recommended at that price point.  The Audio-Gd 12 and 15 are new models, so there won't be many reviews.  However, I owned and loved the Sparrow, and there's one on the used list now for $140 (vs about $200 or so new, when they were available).  I think you'll find very little difference between these units, other than the fact that the AC-powered units like the audio-gd will tend to...
ibasso d7 for portable audio-gd 12 or 15 for desktop yulong u100 for desktop
Glad to hear it!   The Amperex PQ is phenomenal. I'm intrigued by the DEXA opamps though - you make them sound like a great match.  Might have to look into a pair...    In fact, didn't someone have a pair they didn't like?  If anyone's willing to part with theirs, PM me.  I'd like to try them out!    
Thanks!   Matthew (mateuz) is a really great guy - he only charges a few dollars for his work over the price of materials, and the quality is exceptional.     I think the reason I'm so annoyed about the monoprice stuff is that I wanted to try to fix them, but there's really no way - unlike most normal cables, the terminations can't really be resoldered, they just come apart completely.  Anyway, I'm making all my own cables now anyway (except USB!)  Much cheaper...
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