Responses from ianrmack

Amp hum.
Could be an electric phenomenon called "DC Offset" and certain MOSFET amp transformers are sensitive to it.   google it, thee are products that address it. I live in an old house and had that issue even tho I installed dedicated AC leans for my ... 
Best place to purchase a new Denafrips Pontus II
I live in Chicago. I ordered a Pontus II from Vinshine and it arrived at my house exactly 2 weeks later. Alvin was a great communicator.  
New Dynaudio Heritage Special..?..!
I'm the OP...😉 just took delivery of a pair of Heritage Specials. nice surprise.  
Let's make a list: Audio Network "Bridges" without DACs...?
The point: A guide for all as it is a very common search item. Me? I aint looking for cheap. I',m looking for cost effective/hi-quality.  
Help Please:Upgrade Coax cable between Node 2i and Chord Qutest..?
Appreciate the responses - even the snarky ones. LOVE all these guys who think that Tidal sounds better if you spend more $$ on a "better" streamer.NEVER has there been a written audition or test that shows how a Node is bettered by a higher $ str... 
Best Integrated that you've heard under $5k
I use a Belles Aria Signature and it lists for $4500 but I did not pay that...;-)Muscular yet with finesse and it's a keeper.Driving Dyn S-40's and soon Heritage Specials. 
Apple Lossless? Do I need Tidal now. Is it better with my Node 2i?
Hi, guys…I’m the OP and I really appreciate the info.So, if I get this right, I can use Apple Music and stream cd quality Lossless now via airplay to my node 2i then onto my chord Qutest?if I am getting cd quality from Apple Music and airplay, the... 
Apple Lossless? Do I need Tidal now. Is it better with my Node 2i?
Great. But I guess I really seek subjective views of the sound quality between the two.Thanks. 
Integrated / speaker pairings in the $6-7K range
I am using the following combo in a 150 sq ft room with fantastic results:Belles Aria Signature integrated amp @ 120 WPcdynaudio special 40 speakersyou can get that combo within your budget parameters.unless the Dynaudio heritage special tempts me... 
Streamer upgrade
Search feature is your friend. This is prob a Top 10 discussion point. 
Detecting “Dirty” Power
As others have pointed out, it sounds like a DC offset problem. I just fixed mine by adding an Emotiva CMX-2 for under $150https://emotiva.com/products/cmx-2No more amp hum.PS Audio used to make one called the "HumBuster" but no more. 
Moonriver 404 = Midrange Magic
Curious to hear how the Signature version sounds.just wonder if 50 wpc can move enough air. 
Are Preamplifier’s Relevant Today or just a Hinderance with Digital Playback ?
From the web site of Sound by Singer:The Importance of Preamps Jan 24, 2019Over the past few years I have become inured to the fashionable belief that Analog Preamps do not add anything to an audio system in a digital world-indeed that in fact th... 
New Dynaudio Heritage Special..?..!
Re. Steve Huff: not so sure he’s a real credible source. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and is well-intentioned. But, in the short 2 months that I have been aware of his “reviewers”:- he said there is no reason to ever use anything more than a Bluesound... 
Amp for Special 40's
Belles Aria is a fantastic match with S40s and is $2300 new and used around $1500 if you can find one.I used a Belles Soloist 1 with my S40s and now use an Aria Signature. Stunning.