steakster

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Relaxed/Analog sounding DAC for under $10k (used or new)
OP: Your system is top-notch. As is your DAC. The fatigue issue might lie elsewhere. Over the years, folks have been searching for solutions to improve the SQ of their streaming. There seems to be two approaches. 1) Tweaking the streaming signal... 
AudioQuest Pegasus vs Thunderbird Interconnects
@jg7884 My suggestions would be to take your time and stay within your budget. A 30 day trial period is a wonderful thing. Or the ability to re-sell an item near what you paid for it - if it doesn’t sound right in your system.  I've tried plenty o... 
AudioQuest Pegasus vs Thunderbird Interconnects
@jg7884  Congratulations on your willingness to try - and your subsequent reward. When I first joined AudiogoN, I thought posts about cables affecting the SQ were absurd.  Now, over 50% of the cost of my system in invested in cabling and power co... 
Be Careful With UPS!
I had the same thing happen to me twice in the past 6 months. Ebay/UPS. It’s a UPS tracking problem. Both packages eventually showed up with the week. UPS determined that the signee was at a different address than me. They also determined that it ... 
Do your ears deceive you?
@jhnnrrs Dude. Get a grip. It’s a nasty mess when a flat-earther’s head explodes. It's Haz-Mat time.  
Do your ears deceive you?
These engineers would disagree with the OP. _ _ _ _ _ Bybee Technologies – Founded by Jack Bybee – Physicist   Jack Bybee's did research in cable/circuit design for military use. Bybee’s first commercial products emerged from Cold War-era mil... 
Power Regenerator or Conditioner for Digital Sources
No hum, buzz nothing total blackness. All good. What about distortion? When a vocalist belts out a note in fortissimo, is there any harshness or edginess? Do the high notes on a piano ring unnaturally?  Does the brass section sound tinny or ful... 
Power cable for Ferrum Hypsos
The @jasonbourne71 Corollary of Electrical Theory: If he wasn’t taught it, if he doesn’t understand it, if he doesn’t believe it – then it doesn’t exist. /s  
Shocked. Need Opinions. How muck power do I need?
In some ways, a high performance amplifier is like a high performance race car. It needs to accelerate instantly and then stop on a dime - without swerving off the track. Transient response* is an important factor in amplifier design. In audio, ... 
why expensive streamers
@nigeltheflash If noise wasn’t a thing and jitter wasn’t a thing, all streamers would sound the same. Unless I’ve missed something, and I’m sure someone will be along shortly to politely enlighten me if so... As you wish . . . @blisshifi elo... 
Which does a better job of grounding your system Entreq products or Shunyata Altaira ?
garebear . . . as grounding your system can make an audible difference in many systems. +1 I’ve been experimenting with different grounding approaches for a long time. In my experience, it didn’t pay off until the power to my system was total... 
Looking for a line conditioner
To push the envelope: one type of conditioner can be used for source components - another type for amps. One conditioner can be used for analog - another for digital. Digital is known for regurgitating noise back into the system circuitry. Several... 
Effect of Internet Service Quality on Streaming?
@mahler123 . . . I would just comment that if your system is so fine tuned that changes in digital cables can sound very significant, then I congratulate you on the excellence of your gear Thank you! 🙏 IMHO, the excellence is in assembling a... 
must you play music to break in tubes
+1 @glennewdick & @larryi If they are true NOS tubes, crackling is not uncommon. Take each tube out. Give it a decent tap. I give noisy NOS tubes a few hard flicks with my fingernail. Re-install. If the crackling persists after 20 minutes or... 
Synergestic Research: SCAM
db2sub1 I tried different locations of the Synergistic router and its antenna; tried angling them to other positions, to no avail . . .   SR’s router doesn’t have antennae. It doesn’t have WiFi. - - - - A technical note excepted from SR’s r...