Responses from freediver

???DAC/Headphone Amp With FIXED Analog Out???
hahahahaha,actually posted this on & got the same answer,along with a much less expensive choice in the iFi "Zen Dac III"...Thanks..  
Recommendations for a headphone amp / DAC to pair with my Focal Utopia's
Second the Audio GD R28 BUT in the NOS version(Non Oversampling)...  
If A.I. took the place of musicians, would you listen to it?
IMO EVERY piece of "modern music"produced the last 25 years has been A.I.produced!  
Looking for a component for ripping and playing CD's.
YEP,Brennan Audio model B3+(Plus)/2TB:::  
1990 Radio Shack catalog
My first system was from the Shack,a receiver & 2 way bookshelf speakers..I also bought & built radio kits & electronics project kits from them starting when I was about 10 so that would have been late 60's,early 70's...  
How cheap can you go and still be happy with the sound?
IF everything in my life went to SHIITE & I had to sell everything I own,I would hang on to my Motorola smartphone,loaded with about 1800 songs in FLAC & my HiFiMan "Deva Pro"Bluetooth headphones..Total investment,$230.00  
Plugging rear ports of "bookshelf" speakers?
You are correct..Many ported speakers get a bloated,boomy bass when moved close to a rear wall..Plugging the port creates a quasi sealed enclosure,reducing bass output..  
Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
A great source OR speakers will STILL sound mediocre with a so so amplifier driving them! I'll take a GREAT amp driving a decent source & speakers,allowing the FULL potential of those items to be realized!!!  
Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
After 50 years in this hobby I’ve settled on the following hierarchy: Amplifier Source Speakers Cables Room acoustics...  
Speaker Slip Covers  
Power conditioner/Surge Protection
Over the past 20 odd years I've used Monster,Furman & finally settled on APC..IMO they have much less of an impact on amplifier headroom than either one from the previous mentioned...  
What sort of upgrade from Rega Brio to go with my Dynaudio's X12?
^^^^^^^^ Sounds to me like you just want to spend $$$...  A Tube/SS hybrid will give a slight upgrade in sound but a dramatic improvement will only be accomplished using those speakers with a full tube or pure Class A SS amplifier...They are decen... 
What sort of upgrade from Rega Brio to go with my Dynaudio's X12?
CRAP,CRAP,CRAP!DON’T buy into the need more power BS,UNLESS your running in a BIG room OR always listening VERY LOUD!!! I’ve run Dyn’s for YEARS with lower power tubes & SS amps..Started with Audience 52>Audience 52SE>X14 & now X18’s... 
Modern Class A SS Integrated Amplifiers
HOLY MOLDY OLDIES Batman..This was from 8 years ago hahahahaha....  
Where can I get a set of Harmonic Technology pro 11 speaker cables re terminated?
Try here: