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RME ADI-2 fs DAC: Not Loving It
The affordable wonder-DACs are not, a wonder, that is. They can vary radically in performance between systems. Typically a system has to be changed several times to maximize the introduction of a new DAC. In some cases the system is superb with it... 
Marantz PM Ki Ruby and RME ADI 2 (Am I crazy?)
You built two different systems.  You would have a problem if they did not sound different.   :) 
Is it time for new surge suppression devices?
Wife = splurge suppression device.Oh, surge suppression. ;) 
Subwoofer Connection: Speaker Level Amp to Line Level on Sub?
I often split the pre out to supply line level to both speaker amp and sub. 
Anybody own a component that sounds better with the cover off?
Yes; the Eastern Electric Minimax DACs that I have sound better with the covers off, because I have rolled into them discrete opamps.  
The "Snake Oil" Trope
femoore12, congratulations on your discovery. That was nice of your friend to loan you the cables. Likely, as with most other skeptics, you would not have changed your mind had you not experienced it. The interesting part is that were you to test ... 
Tri-Art Class D
I reviewed the Tri-Art Amp, along with several other products, including their excellent speakers, at Dagogo.com I was taken aback by how good that inexpensive little class D amp play�ed. Note that it does not have enormous power, but with desktop... 
If Power Cords Don't Matter...
Waste of life trying to convince people who have an aversion to spending money on trying things.  
Power conditioner some say yes and some say no.
I have never found any power conditioner to be wondrous. The ones I have used - and they ALL claim not to harm the signal - are as deleterious as beneficial. I don't find the idea of a whole system conditioner too appealing. I have found upgraded ... 
If Power Cords Don't Matter...
We will always have half the audiophile community who build poor systems. The cable skeptics do so brilliantly.  
If Power Cords Don't Matter...
danager, congratulations on trying; it makes all the difference.  :) Just wait until you work up the nerve to try a comparison of sets. I suspect you will be scratching your head for a long time about that.  Power cords - gliderSets - rocket prope... 
T+A Solitaire CWT 1000-40 Carbon Anniversary Series Speakers.
Galen, nice to see you enthusiasm for the speakers here! I know that when I was engaged in the review of the SPTPC top level Iconoclast Cables, you raved about the speakers. It appears the joy has not diminished. Kudos on attainment of your dream ... 
RMAF 2021 Cancelled
The pinnacle is precipitous; narrow, steep fall from the top. The past year was the climax, and now the denouement.  
Should a high end system be flexible, or demanding?
cleeds, yes, I do have actual evidence of my claim. First, I have built hundreds of audio systems from extreme budget on the low end of a couple thousand dollars up to HiFi at the $100K mark. In reviewing I compare such systems continuously, and i... 
Should a high end system be flexible, or demanding?
An audio system that cannot play all music, all recordings superbly, is not much of a high end system. There are fundamental weaknesses, shortcomings in a system that cannot sound terrific with all genres of music and all recordings.The fact is th...