calvinandhobbes

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iPhone/iPad good as a source, or get a streamer?
@soix I was using the Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with the iPhone. I'm using a Denafrips Ares II DAC. These were the improvements that I heard when using the Pro-ject streamer versus the iPhone:- Broader & more 3-dimensional sounds... 
Mac or Bluesound Node2i
+1 on Qobuz, but not for Tidal which sounds artificial to with overboosted bass and treble to my ears. 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
FWIW, I found that there was a substantial difference in sound quality with a Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra streamer when turning off the Wi-Fi and HDMI outputs and using an Ethernet cable. Not sure if you can turn off Wi-Fi on the Node 2i. 
Opinion: of the Hi-Res streaming services out there, which do you use and why?
My listening notes of the services: Round 1, Spotify Premium vs Qobuz: I have Spotify Premium with a Family subscription. From a value standpoint, Spotify was my default choice that has the best search as well as working well for my family. From ... 
Opinion: of the Hi-Res streaming services out there, which do you use and why?
My subjective impressions of the musicality and sound quality of the major HD streaming services (with Spotify Premium as a lossy comparison)1. Qobuz2. Primephonic3. Spotify Premium (320 kbps Ogg Vorbis which is not lossless)4. IDAGIO5. Amazon HD6... 
New to streaming, looking for a budget streamer
The Project Stream Box S2 Ultra is also worth your consideration. SQ is quite good and could be better than that of the Node from comparisons I have read.These were several reasonably priced upgrades that I have found to result in noticeable sonic... 
iPhone/iPad good as a source, or get a streamer?
I just went through this and got a Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra. It definitely sounded better than my iPhone. Other potential improvements that I've found to have good ROI in terms of improving sound quality of my Pro-ject streamer are:1. Turning ... 
Reviewer media monkey?
Simple answer for you. Don't read reviews to see whether a reviewer thinks a certain piece of equipment is good or bad. That judgement is worthless because I have no idea whether a specific reviewer's listening preferences are the same or differen... 
The value of Bad. Knowing what you don't want, is as valuable as knowing what you do.
+1. There are many flavors of "good" when it comes to audio.With working from home recently, I've been listening to a lot of streaming. That allows me to easily change my music as my moods and what I'm doing changes throughout the day. Does it sou... 
All about streaming
First, I can confirm your listening impressions:I’ve noticed that when listening to the same material, the mp3’s sound much better than the Spotify version. I’ve also found that local files sound better than streaming files. My understanding is th... 
Any way to listen to wav or high bit files with anything approaching audiophile sound?
If OP is not sure what he wants, you're suggesting that he spend $10k+ to get something that does what? For the record, he never listed a price range or budget for equipment. 
Any way to listen to wav or high bit files with anything approaching audiophile sound?
I'm getting great sound from a Pro-ject Stream Box Ultra S2. If you put your WAV files on a USB flash drive, external hard drive, or external solid state drive, it will plug right into the back of the Pro-ject streamer and be output to an external... 
Harley quote
BTW, I'm not denying that measurements don't matter. My perspective is that there seem to be some aspects of audio reproduction that are not captured by our current equipment, measurements, or even combinations of measurements that are meaningful.... 
Harley quote
+1 to the comment from @jaytor " If a particular listener prefers one product over another, that's ALL that counts."I've been listening to 5 USB cables with the express objective of figuring out how little I can spend on a USB cable and still get... 
Why so many angry audiophiles?
Perhaps some people base their self-esteem on being right & audio is so subjective that there are many flavors of "right". Does the music make you feel happy? I feel that's all the "rightness" that someone needs in relation to listening to music.