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Advice for Streaming Newbies - Best Bang for Our Bucks
Streaming digital music doesn't have to involve extreme componentization and endless tweaking. The dollars invested? Well, there's a lot of latitude there, particularly wrt DACs. I have two suggestions for keeping things simple above Bluesound eco... 
For those that have separate Streamers & DACS
Auralic Aries G2.1 and G1 streamers are the peak value for that category. 1GB in-memory processing cache and you get to use their Lightning DS control app, which obviates the need for a Roon Core or any other core, sounding better than Roon. In tw... 
From separate streamer and DAC to al-in-one suggestion
You can get an R2R streaming DAC in the form of the Bricasti M21 or M21 Platinum. The M21 includes three distinct digital processing paths: 1/ Sigma-Delta, including DoP, 2/ R2R, 3/ DSD in analog. Roon recognizes it as an endpoint and the network ... 
New Zu Audio Soul Supreme Speakers
@reed338  The replacement of Soul Supreme by the upcoming Union 6 Supreme is in a mini-tower but nothing at all like a Dirty Weekend box. The internals are far beyond either ODW or Omen II. The bandwidth of the speaker is broader than what came b... 
Class D Integrated Amplifier Recommendations.
M2tech Crosby. Get two and run them bridged as monoblocks, for under $3000 total. 180/180w rated, delivers more. They are explosively-lively but very good at microdynamics and deliver a good measure of tone. -Phil  
Up to $4000US tower speakers for Jazz and Classical Music
In less than a month you will be able to buy the new Zu Union 6 Supreme, starting at $3899. 99db/w/m, 30Hz - 28kHz bandwidth. Non-fussy setup and placement. Vital, vivid, toneful, dynamic, articulate, agile, expansive sound. 60 Days to return if y... 
5AR4 rectifier tube question
The adage that "you are listening to your equipment's power supply" applies. Rectifiers make differences that are easily heard. Which means you have no objective idea which is real. Like lots of other things in hifi, especially tube gear, tube rol... 
New Zu Audio Soul Supreme Speakers
I verified that Zu used the flat Phillips head screws for some builds when their standard backplate fasteners were unavailable. Zu is back to using the prior screws. Anyone who got speakers with the Phillips heads shown in the OP's photo can reque... 
Will a new Dac improve the sound?
Get a used or new MHDT Atlantis R2R dac, or Pagoda if in price range. Get adapters to use 6dj8 family tubes in the 5670 sockets, and get a nice 6922, ecc88, 7308, 6n23P, CCa tube for the output buffer. Your CDP will sound more amazing than you eve... 
Suggestions for a streamer only (I have a great DAC)
The obvious solution is an Auralic Aries G2.1 streamer. Auralic put extended effort into their wifi implementation to make it quieter and more consistent than ethernet. You can use ethernet but the wifi is great and in fact better. It has a 1gb c... 
Zu introduces Soul 6
@kingofgix The Yggdrasil is a good DAC at its price. But if you are planning to spring for that I suggest you consider the mhdt Pagoda Balanced instead. I had a chance to directly compare both R2R DACs for three months. Both have organic, natural ... 
Zu introduces Soul 6
@kingofgix  Soul VI will take you further in terms of leveraging ongoing evolution of your system and I don't see any reason you can't mate it with your existing system, the W4S DAC probably being the component you'll eventually come to upgrade. B... 
Zu introduces Soul 6
@aberyclark The ODS requires the plinth because the Radian 850 used as the supertweeter makes the speaker more top-heavy than standard OD, but the upgrade is well worth it. Much more harmonic grace with the Radian 850. @rhythmnsound If you buy So... 
Zu introduces Soul 6
rhythmnsound, I’ll add that I’m a 50+years guitar player and both acoustic and electric guitar sounds are critical to my impression of authenticity. All the Zu speakers do electric guitar via specific guitar amps unusually authentically. Soul Su... 
Zu introduces Soul 6
rhythmnsound, I owned quad ESL-57 and then stacked ESL-57 40 years ago. Loved them. WIth the right tube amplification and absent deep bass cravings, that is a compelling combination that spoils you for many modern alternatives, within SPL and dyn...