Responses from fredcdobbs

Are cable “upgrades” just as likely to make your system sound worse?
Definitely. I used Audience Ohno cables because they were excellent and relatively cheap compared to some. I recently had the opportunity to upgrade at a better Audience cable. Because of a good deal, I purchased Studio Two cables, next up the lin... 
XLR cables for a reasonable price?
Amazon, Worlds Best Cables. They have at least two XLR interconnects under $100. Mogami is one and Canare the other I think, OR if you want to really step up Consider looking for a used Audience Ohno.  
Nuprime CD Transport. Any experience?
Thanks, I have a Audiolab 6000CDST which is fine but I really want something with more output choices than SPDIF.   
Schiit Aegir pre-amp recommendation
I am listening to a Freya+ and Aegir driving Dynaudio Special 40s and I love it. NOS Stlvania and RCA tubes in the pre. I dont know why you wouldn't get a Freya unless you dont want to deal with tubes. The standard Freya is cheaper than the + and ... 
"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects
I tested a bunch of Worlds Best Cables and this one was excellent for the very lo price. 
What I have found - Makes a good Cable !
Wiliewonka, In my experience, there is lots great information in your post. I had a small cable business back in the 80s/90s and I learned the hard way many of the things you mentioned. I even Cryo treated OFC copper back thirty years ago. Now a l... 
"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects
Works Best Cables makes several different interconnects, I've never liked that cabe  you have. Try the Gotham GAC 4/1 interconnect with the locking RCAs for about $80. Might change your mind. Their digital Coax is also very good. Dont like their s... 
Speaker matching for Audiolab 6000A
From what I've read about the amp it is excellent for the $ but can be lacking a bit in body more neutral side. It might mate well with something a bit mellow like a Warfdale. Maybe a Lyntons. Also from personal experience, CSS Criton 1D is an exc... 
Please Recommend Highly Efficient Floor Standing Non-Horn Speaker Suggestions
Spatial audio.   
What are you streaming tonight?
Madison Ryan Ward. Love and Adoration and Player. Wonderful singer. Love her.   
Your thoughts on my quest for new speakers
Kit speakers are fine until you try to sell them. People are skeptical   
recommended speaker cables and interconnects
You didnt mention Digital cables but I just compared a $440 Kimber D60 to a $45 Mogami 2964 and the Mogami is amazing for ten percent of the Kimber price. Available on Amazon so 30 day return.  
Whats playing on your system today?
Madison Ryan Ward. Captivating.   
Linlai E 6sn7 tubes
I got them from audio The ower picked them based on my budget. $59.95 each. Ask the owner for his recommendation. He has turned me to great tubes on two occasions. The web site has a list of what's available. Yes it is confusing. Talk to... 
recommended speaker cables and interconnects
I use Audience Ohno cables for $160 M. I also use their speaker cable or Kimber TC12. My digital coax is a Kimber D60 but for ten percent of the cost and most of the sound a Mogami 2964 digital coax from Amazon is quite good for only $45.