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Room treaments
What type of speakers, size of room? Diffraction might be better at first reflection or nothing at all.  
Solid state amp to go with tube preamp; used ok; budget: $3k max
Benchmark AHB2  
Help! need informed opinion
If you can use a floor stander contact Dennis at Philharmonic and ask about the Philharmonic BMR Floor Stand model or the Philharmonic BMR Bookshelf. The floor stander is under $4k the Bookshelf about $2k. 
Help! need informed opinion
Genelec 8351b, they’re designed for your criteria. Close to wall, nearfield listening, neutral. Little better but more $$ Dutch and Dutch 8c. In nearfield you wouldn't need a sub with either. 
Why do components sound different?
Didn’t Carver answer this long ago? Design choices nothing more.  
USB signal timing goes mainstream. Just an FYI
Properly designed DACs for all intents and purposes are considered ' transparent ' in other words they deal with distortion and noise no matter where it comes from not to say there are still DACs used as distortion generators with tubes and other ... 
USB signal timing goes mainstream. Just an FYI
Jitter matters but hasn't been much of an issue with DACS for about 10 years. https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/digital-problems-practical-solutions 
USB signal timing goes mainstream. Just an FYI
This link might be better as far as popups at least I didn't get any.https://semiengineering.com/retimers-replacing-redrivers-as-signal-speeds-increase/ 
Why do components sound different?
Mostly design preferences. Most preamps, amps, DAC, streamer if designed to have low distortion and noise will sound similar enough they would be very hard to differentiate in blind listening tests. The biggest differences will come from speakers ... 
USB signal timing goes mainstream. Just an FYI
The hearing range of humans isn’t opinion. If the DAC can produce a SINAD of -115db which even some $150 DACs can manage it would be interesting to know of someone who can hear distortion or noise of the DAC over that of the amp and speakers, that... 
USB signal timing goes mainstream. Just an FYI
Any well designed DAC's USB  is asynchronous and uses its Clock. Retimers are different than reclocking and are useful for high speeds and long runs nothing home audio needs to be concerned about. Noise and jitter are not really a problem anymore ... 
16 bit vs 24 bit vs 35 bit vs 36 bit vs 64 bit DAC sampling
The bitrate is set by the source in this case I assume you're referring to red book CD which is 16/44.1 . The CD player  upsamples to 35 bit, what comes out the analog end is not 35 bit you're lucky if it's 16 . Any difference you hear between var... 
'' Okay let me ask my digital question in another way ''........
Just out of curiosity where did you find out the Esoteric clock input can take a square wave the manual says 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms sine wave.  
More proof that music is not just an aural sensation.
I understood what the research was about, perhaps my ignorance is above your intelligence. 
16 bit vs 24 bit vs 35 bit vs 36 bit vs 64 bit DAC sampling
DACs are components I never worry about anymore I just use the one in my preamp. As long as you're talking about competently built DACs which can give a good 16 -18 bits they are not anything that can be heard unless they have been designed with a...