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Best DAC for around $2,500 or less
RME ADI-2 fs is an outstanding DAC. Remarkable what this thing does and how wonderful it sounds for the money. Was using the DAC in my Cambridge 851C with SR Black fuses and it’s no slouch but the RME is just better across the board. Even out of t... 
RME ADI-2 DAC FS 2-channel DA Converter experiences?
I just bought and letting it cook in. I will say the first night and the only night I’ve listened, out of the box I’m very impressed. Most equipment and speakers I find to sound harsh and closed in without anytime on them. My quick and first impre... 
Need speaker cable
+4 for the Canare; especially for the price. 
getting started with the rme adi-2 dac
I just unboxed mine, thumbed through the manual and hooked it up. Definitely a little complex scrolling through the menu but I’m getting the hang of it. For now I’m listening to the NOS Filter. I’ll let it cook for sometime before making any serio... 
MODWRIGHT KWA 150 GOOD AMP OR NOT?
Taken from ModWright.comSummary of key elements of upgradeUpgraded model of Lundahl input transformer for improved speed and dynamics.Circuit design revisions to input circuits that lower distortion and improve dyanmics and resolution.Cryo-treated... 
Vandersteen 2c vs Thiel CS2
Still better than no stands and just spikes I’m sure. I wish I would have kept my pair which had the beige socks which I preferred. One of those decisions I regret looking back as I sold them around 2009 and I gave them away.  These are the stands... 
Advice on room treatment
I started with 6 skyline diffusers from Vicoustic and very pleased. Placed 3 over 3 together in between my speakers just above my equipment and I’m floored of the improvement; well not really as I was expecting a transformation and received it. Wh... 
old high end preamps..
And buy a $1,000 power cord. That always helps. Agree with the upgraditis.  
Vandersteen 2c vs Thiel CS2
With an Aragon 2004 I’d go with the Vandy’s. Pretty much agree with the opinions noted above. I owned the 2C and dragged home the CS2 (worked at a shop that carried both Thiel and Aragon) and I didn’t care for them but at the time I probably didn’... 
MODWRIGHT KWA 150 GOOD AMP OR NOT?
Best bet is just drop Dan Wright an email and he’ll give you an honest answer or you might get lucky he’s in if you call. Very honest guy. 
The Mhdt lab Balanced Pagoda DAC
Agree with teajay. FaceBook is a good place for people to go if they want to argue with people or just be rude. Highly recommend. 
Bulk XLR cable recommendations
If your components are truly balance you’ll probably be ok but that is a long run and as mentioned I’d look into shortening if possible. They do these kinds of runs at live events all the time with single mic cable or in a snake. I’d recommend Can... 
XLR connectors
For the money, and you have to spend a lot to maybe get better is Neutrik and one I don’t think has been mentioned yet, but used a lot in the pro world is Switchcraft. A lot of well known cable manufacturers and probably in our kits use these jack... 
Ethernet cables
+2 Supra Cat8. Very nice cable. I don’t believe it’s plenum rated which I’m guessing you’re only looking for cables between components and not inside walls or an attic. Can be purchased in bulk or with their ends which are very nice. Again very ni... 
Power Cable Suggestions
At first I used a standard WyWires Silver Juice II on my Pass amp then added the HC (high current) heavier version and noticed an improvement across the board. Nelson Pass is known for saying PC don’t make a difference on his amps but I disagree. ...