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Importance of streamer in audio chain
If you’re using WiiM internal DAC, without a doubt you would notice the difference by upgrading. Now the question is what upgrade would bring the most ROI. I’d say start with a DAC. In that system something along the lines of Chord Qutest would be... 
Power Cables
@jfrmusic good deal! I recommend you try one of these on the amp despite the Accuphase claim. I haven’t yet come across an amplifier that didn’t benefit from a good power cord.   
Wilson Sabrina X ... oh my God! and Jadis... or?
Interesting. Because the Sabrinas are not exactly an easy load for a 50w amp. I guess the push pull produces enough current.  I’m driving my Sabrinas with Pass X260.8. Yes non fatiguing realistic and natural sound.   
Tidal removing all MQA
I use both. There are some albums I like on tidal that just don’t live in Qobuz.  I’m glad they’re moving away from MQA and I hope that results in hi res files sounding better than MQA now on a non-MQA equipment. We’ll see.   
Looking for RCA cables from preamp to amp?
Bluejeans cables for this system.   
iFi LAN iSilencer connection
@macg19 yup same here. I thought I heard the difference on some tracks and had that moment where I thought it sounded different and it possibly did. But man 99% or the time I can’t tell. I’ve had very audible impacts to sound quality of the Aurend... 
Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable
@jafant I’ve not gotten around to it yet. Will post as soon as I try it.   
iFi LAN iSilencer connection
@macg19 I have my ifi LAN iSilencer plugged into the eero node (I tried it into streaner as well). Then 1m Purist Ethernet cable from it to the Aurender N200. Thought process is get the dirt out before it hits the 1m cable run. Right, wrong or dif... 
Power Cables
ASR must be down for maintenance today.   
A stupid question(s) about power cords
Yup. You got it. Funny thing is right out of the box the Preffair was excellent. As it broke in it took a 💩 turn.   
A stupid question(s) about power cords
I’ve noticed fatigue setting in 5-10min in. Few days ago I thought it was power issues due to everyone running AC 24/7 amongst other things that impact power quality. I tried listening in the morning and late at night and the effect is the same. S... 
A stupid question(s) about power cords
So my conclusion on the Preffair 10awg OFC power cord with copper connectors is that it’s going back with just over 300hrs on it.  It started out great then went through a bit of a rollercoaster and settled on being thin and undefined in the lower... 
Cardas vs Cardas vs Shunyata interconnects
Agreed. Silver not a good combo. Nordost Tyr 2 XLRs sound great in my system and were awesome when I had Bricasti M3. I would recommend giving these cables a try. There are some available on USAM  
Cardas vs Cardas vs Shunyata interconnects
@jmeyers is that the system with M21 DAC?  
Power Cables
Yes but as I mentioned the degree of improvement is similar. If I remember correctly you have Aurender N20 paired with MSB Discrete DAC. I would go up to Frey 2 or even Tyr 2 on a used market for the power cords. Heimdall 2 is very nice but Frey 2...