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  1. Hmmm...I was only joking when I posted that I was jealous...
  2. Excellent! I look forward to your results. I'm very glad to have spent a fair chunk on cables. But over several rounds of comparisons, I was surprised more than once in the process. I ended up thinking it's easy to improve a system with high end cables, but it is almost as easy to spend a lot and have no impact or even negative impact.
  3. This is great advice all around. Cables can have a big impact, but it is really system-dependent. Having experimented with all sorts of cables, I have ended up at mostly RCA. One thing that is easy to forget--XLR is often more expensive than RCA. In the Transparent line you cite, just for example, XLR is almost 2X in price. So the fair comparison for Transparent Super RCA (my personal favorite) is not Transparent Super XLR, it is one rung down on the food chain, Transparent Plus XLR. When I tested cable for my system, it was easy to hear improvements up to Transparent Super R
  4. 4. Schiit Bifrost--great sound, beautiful build. I have one on my second system
  5. Hi Ion, "Need" is the operative word here. A pre amp is very likely to improve your sound quality vs direct from PC, but I'm guessing from your choice of DAC that you are looking for the best value possible. If you aren't comfortable spending on separates yet, you might consider an NAD integrated amp for $500-700. I started with a $200 DAC and $500 NAD 10 or so years ago, and then worked up from there. At each step, I was lucky to get advice from an excellent local dealer and people on this board, but the most important thing was to listen for myself at home in a relaxed settin
  6. OK, my insane jealousy over your awesome speakers (and really nice pad!) is now morphing into rage over you insisting that we wait months for the punchline. I refuse to read any more of this...until you publish chapter 2 Rock on!
  7. Yes, definitely. But Harley is the gatekeeper at TAS. Also, that does not mean that Greene's view is equally valid.
  8. Harley has built his career and TAS around the small differences that Greene asserts are insignificant, and he believes that these small differences are what being an audiophile is about. By that standard, Greene is spreading disinformation that could mislead newer listeners and/or more gullible readers.
  9. I agree that losing bass was a natural result of lifting the speakers. I recommend a small sub such as a REL T5--it will improve both bass and overall fidelity for well under $1,000.
  10. Thanks, Bob! Great write up on some very cool speakers. Hats off on their sales model as well. Too many great products are available at too few dealers, and only a dope or hopeless optimist would commit >$4K without a trial. Unless a manufacturer has a true national network, such as McIntosh's for example, they need to enable direct or etail trials for a modest fee/commitment.
  11. Of course one can tell the difference between good sound, great sound, and lousy sound. No visual confirmation required. But if you want to know if you are getting the best sound for a particular piece of music, you do need something more. Chris's piece here is one aspect. The Dynamic Range Database is another. AS's ongoing Best Version Of series is a third.
  12. I bought a Node 2i, and it's terrific for Qobuz when played through a good but modest system (Bifrost, NAD, B&W CM-1), but could not come close to matching local files on my primary system (Yggy, McIntosh, B&W 805). When everything needs to be perfect, streaming is not (yet...)
  13. Thanks, Chris. We have a Muso Qb that sounds very nice in my wife's studio, and I'd say "very nice" is the goal here. These comments about looking for big sound are obviously misplaced when discussing single small boxes.
  14. I don't think you're going to able to go with lossless files or feed a decent DAC with an iPad, though I could be wrong. Like Photon, I have used Amarra on a Mac; went with this solution for years. But I did not experience rock solid performance--there was always some sort of software snafu, and, of course (see other threads), an endless stream of USB decrapifiers. Today I use only dedicated purpose-built servers, including a Bluesound Node 2i on my secondary system into a Schiit Bifrost via coax. As you probably know, the external DAC is optional, but well worth the money and w
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