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Wilson Sabrina X ... oh my God! and Jadis... or?
This is exactly how I felt when I heard Wilson Sasha DAW few years ago at Axpona. It was really a magical experience. I used to be big fan of B&W 802 with McIntosh gear. When I heard Wilson, everything had changed. A month later, I had a pair ... 
Does it have to sound good for you to like it?
Some of the best songs in the world are very poorly recorded. Eg: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. It still touches your heart and soul. So recording quality is not a must for me. I listen a lot of ordinary songs if recording ... 
Solid State Power Amps
If you are planning biamping with PrimaLuna, also consider Hegel 600. It has amazing base control it can improve base tremendously. Also former version Hegel 590 is about 6K for used. I use them for my Sasha DAW, and I love that amp.   
Focal v Wilson
Let me start this way, considering buying a a 20 years old Wilson Watt Puppy is a little risky. Wilson is a good choice however in 20 years speaker technology made significant progress. I always prefer Wilson to Focal at any price point comparison... 
Dan D'Agostino S350 vs Luxman M-10X
Hegel H30A might be a great alternative. I use Hegel 590 with my Sasha DAW, I love the synergy. You can start with one H30A as stereo, you may add another one later to use as mono amp. They are very flexible, excellent reviews as well.  
Recommendations for good sounding streamer
I love my Bluesound Node2, sounds great, takes all music services, decent app plays everything, I connected my TV (EArc to Node). It is perfect and sounds good as is. You can upgrade sound quality with an external DAC, then you have music nirvana.   
Hi-end audio is a big zero
HiFi audio is a hobby with difficult expensive choices to make. Also expensive mistakes and buyers remorse. HiFi is all about listening and experiencing a music piece with its all details. You will hear same piece from different system with differ... 
A/B Comparison On A Pair Of Moderately Priced Streamers
I agree with the statement that quality of your DAC is far more important than your streamer. After all streamer just sends bits. In my opinion, buying an expensive streamer with internal DAC and using only that device is a mistake because externa... 
Who is Gonna Buy A New Jeep Grand Wagoneer For the MacIntosh Stereo?
I bought my car for Bowers and Wilkins system. I love the sound of it. It makes my commute desirable. It is a very good system. If McIntosh in Jeep really good, some people definitely will choose. But I wouldn’t buy Jeep, no matter what stereo the... 
Most underrated female recording artists..
Kat Edmonson, her voice is devine. All of her albums are incredible.     
Luxman 509x vs Hegel H390
I went through a similar dilemma you experienced. I was a big fan McIntosh and B&W 800 series, Ioved the way their look and sound at a level of obsession. Everything has changed after I visited Axpona this year. I do not have a long history of... 
BluSound Node and Node 2
I am very happy with Bluesound Node, never had a problem for 3 months. For best performance connect to router with Ethernet cable with short distance. I use an external DAC to integrated amplifier. Sound is spectacular. My TV is connected via EARC... 
Wilson tiny tots
Only reason you buy a Wilson Audio speaker is you want to have  an audiophile experience not TV or movie experience but luckily there is a way to experience both in a fantastic way. You need to buy good integrated amplifier in your budget, a used ... 
Best DACs under $7,000.00
I bought Denafrips Terminator Plus to upgrade to my internal DAC of Hegel 590. TP is an amazing in terms of sound stage, detail, clarity and presentation. It is simply amazing. I was able to compare to dCS Bartok, and I definitely find TP superior... 
The State of Streaming Audio
Amazon HD is very good, no difference from Tidal or others. Stay away from Spotify. You need a great external DAC you can buy. Denafrips is the best for the money. DAC is probably as important as speakers for streaming. Server Bluesound Node is ex...