rbstehno

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Interesting situation! Do we need this....
I like my cars Bose system and listen to it for days on trips. I listen to my apple EarPods, HomePods for hours sometimes. My second system has a cheap dac, ps audio sprout 100 with revel floor standing speakers. I like this system over many I hea... 
(Hegel vs Luxman) vs PS Audio
Keep what you got and get a better room. The room is the most important piece of your system. You have a terrible room, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on equipment, it will sound bad. Great sounding/treated room, mediocre equipment can still... 
Improve sound
I would but the ps audio DS jr dac listed at TMR, sell your bluesound unit, sell your optical cable and you will have a better sound than any of the dacs listed above. Use Ethernet to the dac, so you can run Roon or iTunes or whatever you want on ... 
I have found out why new cables and tweaks actually work!
Or just maybe you have a good quality system that allows you to hear the differences in cables (most cables do sound different) and you have the ears to hear it.  
Why is everyone so down on MQA?
Shortly after MQA came out with more and more artists using MQA, along with hires/dsd, I sold all my vinyl and TT setup and have never regretted it. I went thru this same issue almost 20 years ago when people were arguing that sacd sucked, which ... 
Do Streamer only devices really impact sound quality?
If you are going to use usb to a dac (why anybody would is beyond me), then a server will probably make a difference. If you use Ethernet then IME they don’t and you don’t have any issues with jitter or clocking. It’s only with usb that you have t... 
Digital is far better than vinyl
Many thousands of $$$ are required to get very good sound. A cheap dac say < $4900 will not have better sq as the better more expensive dacs. This goes the same for an analog setup. I had $15,000 invested in a tt setup and I know I could have d... 
Aurender N20
The conductor app is pretty bad. Lightning DS is so much better than conductor, and IMO Auralic makes a better streamer/server. Both of these apps can’t compare to Roon in functionality and sq. If not Roon then audirvana. If you are looking for th... 
DAC’s
There are big differences Between DACs, I used to use a dac hooked up to my iPhone to listen when on a plane for work. ‘For me, the dac has to be FPGA based, network and i2s capable, mqa and dsd capable or I won’t even look at it. These are more ... 
To pricey
James633 - I agree. The only way to make any B&W that I have heard listenable for any length of time is when you pair them up with a warmer sounding Classe or McIntosh amp. I’m pretty sure that why B&W bought Classe.  
Cost break down of hifi system
Room, speakers, network dac, amp, power cables, interconnects. The better your system is, the more you will need to spend on quality cables to get the best sq you can out of it. If you can’t hear the difference between cables, then what are you d... 
Anything close to Hegel H360 but smaller/lighter?
This is from TSA: Carry-on bags must weigh less than 35 pounds. Any Hegel will eight more than 35 pounds. Also, I went thru the Denver tsa check in after attending the RMAF and when my bag went thru the scanner, sirens went off and tsa officials r... 
Anything close to Hegel H360 but smaller/lighter?
No amps mentioned on these posts will drive your Totems. I’ve owned both of these products and the Hegel will be the only amp listed on this thread that can drive them. I also own the sprout 100 and it won’t come close to driving the totems.  Tot... 
any lawyers in this forum care to give an advice?
I had an expensive piece of art delivered by ups to my house when I wasn’t there and the box was damaged. I took pictures of the box the way they delivered it. They I open up the box and the frame was damaged so I took more pics of the damage. I s... 
Router for Audio Streaming
I us d to run multiple routers in bridge and wireless bridge mode throughout the house. I was getting 300-400Mbps wifi speeds at best and up to less than 1/2 those speeds in rooms without a router. I swapped the routers out for a tp-link decco wif...