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Modified Mac Mini or CD Transport
I’ve used a Mac Mini for years. Had an old Mini, it died and I replaced it with a 2018 version. Never loved it. When I replaced the Mac with an Auralic Aries G1 streamer it was a significant upgrade. The Mini is not made for streaming and it’s unl... 
Martin Logan ESL 11A or ESL 9 with 60w integrated tube amp?
I drive the ML Montis that have a powered woofer with a Rogue ST100 power amp. It does a fine job in Triode mode which produces around 60-65w/ch. no issues at all. I do think you may want to consider a more powerful amp if you were to go with the ... 
A warm DAC?
You wouldn’t go wrong with a BDA-2 then. And potentially save some $ in the process.  
A warm DAC?
Used Bryston BDA-3. The Mytek and Benchmark DACs will be the opposite of what you’re looking for.  
... WHAT POWER CORD(S) ARE PLAYING IN YOU SYSTEM TODAY?
Nordost Brahma on preamp, Shunyata Taipan Helix Alpha on streamer, Acoustic Zen Krakatoa on amp 
Which wire has biggest impact?/
My opinion would be...If you’re running single-ended, then the upgrade the interconnects between the preamp and the amp, or source to integrated. If you’re running XLR interconnects, then upgrading Your speaker cables can make a nice improvement. ... 
Need speaker cable
There’s a pair of Acoustic Zen Hologram II speaker cables in classifieds now. Within your price range. These should work great and you can continue growing your system around these cables. 
Good Streamer with WiFi Connectivity
I’m using the AURALiC Aries G1 with the Chord Qutest DAC. WiFi. No complaints. Great sound quality and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. It does Tidal and Spotify Connect, although I haven’t tried these (I have a Qobuz subscription). The G1 sou... 
Sound quality of Roon vs. Lighting
@mgrif104 I run Auralic Aries G1 into Chord Qutest DAC. My experience with Roon vs. LDS is the same as yours. The LDS sounds noticeably better. Roon sounds flat and not engaging in comparison. I also use Mac Mini as Roon core, but that’s not the c... 
Non Analytical Sounding DAC Upgrade- Budget $1,500 or less
Chord Qutest. I own and enjoy it. Detailed, not at all analytical, does hires and DSD, has filters that you can use to tailor the sound to match the rest of your gear. Also has 1v, 2v or 3v output selections. Highly recommended. If you don’t need ... 
Quick roon question
There may be differences in SQ running bdp2 as roon endpoint vs. playing your music straight off the hard drive that’s connected to the bdp2 using Bryston’s software or web interface. That’s why I brought up the set up I did with the Auralic in my... 
Quick roon question
You should theoretically be able to keep your hard drive plugged into the Bryston and run roon core on your laptop. I can’t guarantee that it will work this way with the BDP2 but I was able to set this up with my Auralic. When you install roon on ... 
Network Transport vs. CD Transport
@gelle I thought about the Nucleus. However, I needed a wifi capability. Didn’t want to run more wires for an access point, EtherRegen, etc. @thyname I felt like I owe you all an update. Things I’m not in love with right off the bat...1 - Lightnin... 
Network Transport vs. CD Transport
Update...The Aries G-1 has about 48hrs of play time by now. I’ve been running it round the clock non-stop. Initially it sounded a bit “new” but is evolving nicely. At this point I am running the Lightning DS with Qobuz and the HDD with my AIFF CD ... 
Network Transport vs. CD Transport
@georgehifi George I also have faith in the Marantz. I know what I’m looking for from the player and I have a pretty good idea of my system‘s capabilities. We’ll see how it goes.