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dac recommendations for turntable listener?
Brinkmann Nyquist sounded the most like a turntable to me. I have the Merason DAC 1 MK II and it has that rich midrange fullness that the OP is looking for. It’s also reminiscent of a turntable.  
Coax Internet Cable: If I have to build one, what am I looking for exactly?
@jehab was way ahead of the game in 2021. Would be interesting to hear the differences between the Jade and DH labs cable. Belden also makes an RG6 cable. I'm surprised high end cable makers (other than DH labs) haven't introduced a reference qu... 
I want to replace the router/modem Comcast with a high quality for streaming
@ghdprentice Aurender caches the stream and plays it back from SSD. That's probably why the Verizon routers didn't make any difference. However, my Xfinity router will still inject noise into the Aurender via the ethernet port. I used a Gigafoil ... 
I want to replace the router/modem Comcast with a high quality for streaming
@fastfreight From what I read, if you use Verizon Fios only for internet, you can bypass the Fios router and connect your router directly to the ONT with ethernet. I'm not surprised the DC cable improved the sound, they have a big effect on audio... 
Coax Internet Cable: If I have to build one, what am I looking for exactly?
I have the DH labs coaxial cable for my Xfinity modem. Has anyone upgraded their Xfinity cable to DH labs? So far it's one of those "never look back" upgrades. Wow, just wow. Who would've thought the cable from the wall was the bottleneck? Jus... 
I want to replace the router/modem Comcast with a high quality for streaming
@fastfreight Seems like the only way to get the right DC cable for Verizon is to cut off the DC connector on the wall wart and make a new DC cable.  
Coax Internet Cable: If I have to build one, what am I looking for exactly?
Phat Satellite coax cable mentioned by @jea48 definitely has a lower noise floor than xfinity coax. But it was too edgy for me. I’m streaming with Qobuz.  
Lumin U1/U2 versus T3
@samzx12 I've used both USB and SPDIF on my U2 mini. USB was quieter, but that was probably due to the TotalDac Gigafilter cable filtering out the noise. Get a Berkeley alpha USB interface series 2 for the U2 and that will be the end game setup.... 
Review: Furutech Carbon Fiber 104D Receptacle Cover Tweak
It's not crazy. I have the cover with the Furutech wall frame. Although I use an Oyaide R0 outlet. I always listen to my stereo with this setup, as the upgrade in sound quality is obvious.  
Is it still worth buying a Lumin x1 in 2023?
I would hold out for a Lumin X1 with the new processing engine found in the U2/mini. It's a huge step up from the older models.  
Power Cable Audioquest Dragon vs Isotek EVO3 Ascension
I've owned both. Ascension is a great cord that never leaves my amp.  
Aurender N20 Music Server Comments and Observations
I had a similar experience as @garybart I found the N20 to be very sensitive to power cords/power conditioning. I actually didn’t like it at all when in my first setup. I had it boxed up ready to sell. I gave it a second chance, hooked it up ... 
Grimm MU1 Streamer - Really "The Best"?
@nyev That's always the problem with 2 box dac/streamers. You need a reference digital cable. Otherwise performance will suffer. You also need more good power cords. And if you change your Dragon XLR to Black Cat Tron, the sound will change.  
Lumin upgrade
@jimboman Yes, without a doubt. It also opens up and sweetens the sound.  
Lumin upgrade
@jimboman The Isotek syncro uni is usually used for hum, as you mentioned, but it's a kind of a secret that it always improves the sound. I think it's a big part why I can listen to my stereo during the day now.