More detailed insights from Fabio:
“Did some further comparison between the GEC KT66 and Genalex KT77. After having had the KT66 in the system for several weeks I changed back to the KT77 and was first impressed by the presence, slam and details I got. The soundstage moves much closer to the...
Goran has heard them all in his system and other systems too...including one of the first Amber 3.
At chris we did a H2H with GG1.5, Pac, GA and TRP...all in one session. Pac won for all of us.
With Pac and TRP which have Vol Ctl, its possible to make the Dac sound totally SS or totally tube...
The Pac was a loaner (of a loaner) and only came in for the day to MGS. In no way was it "optimised" for those speakers. The Kass was the one there on a 2 week loan and I imagine bias setting was adjusted to suit tastes over that period of time by the owner who lent the Dac.
D/stream and Lampi are totally different. You cant extrapolate like that. Get the SE.
Yucca here on this forum moved from a DStream Jr to the "Silvergate"...ie a Big7 with premium parts and from the first moment cold out of the box, he said it was no contest....
I cant answer that technical point...you would have to ask Lampi directly. The current TRP has normal case but GA parts inside. I may be simpler to get a new one...unless you like the copper case too much. lol
TRP is a killer though...make no mistake on that.