What is it you expect to hear from hifi gear that you have not yet?

One thing for me is a noticeable difference in streamers. I need to work on that.
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What is it you expect to hear from hifi gear that you have not yet?

The news. That I have won the lottery.
Direct brain stimulation by implanted electrodes! 
The approval silent smiling of my wife....

But nothing in S.Q. i dont really have a bit already.... I prefer then to keep my money safe....

And imagining some other crazy devices that work or simple thing that would do the work....It is more fun to create heaven yourself than to bought it...

If someone give me a Berning ZOTL amplifier i will take it tough contradicting my last sentence....

Thanks in advance...


That cue that I hear from real musicians playing. It could be the kid next door practicng his trumpet inside the house or a high school band playing in the mall or on the football field...you immediately know it’s really people playing real instruments. I haven’t heard that yet from any HiFi rig.
But I keep on pushing on!
@mapman   Keep working on it. I've heard very significant differences in sonic quality from digital music servers/streamers.  Ranging from my initial efforts at a dedicated computer set up, through an Antipodes DX II, then a step back with a Roon Nucleus (the Antipodes got overwhelmed by Roon's bloatware eventually), and now with a Taiko Extreme I have heard very significant progression.  The Extreme has been an amazing improvement, providing digital music that is emotionally involving to the point that it competes with vinyl.  No kidding.  Source first!

Difference in streamers only to same DAC?
sound quality differences from different dedicated streamers

just don't hear it... 🙉
@mapman  Yes, all to the same DAC, and all other elements of the system are the same, too.
But I’m not really interested in mega buck audio servers.  What about just a streamer?
I am still mostly using Squeezebox Touch as my streamer with Ipeng controller app on Iphone. Wonderful device still, still sounds great and lots of functionality especially with add-ons to Logitech Media Server. DAC has also been mhdt Constantine (SS, NOS) for a number of years now.

I also run Plex and use Plexamp app on my Iphone mostly with headphones (via headphone amp) and Carplay in the car. Plexamp is relative new and delivers very good sound quality.

But am always looking to move on to latest and greatest. Just not sure what that would be and how it would be worth it for me when what I have sounds so dern good and provides so much flexibility.

I’ve heard newer streamers at dealers and shows, have not seen or heard anything yet that makes me want to jump.