duckworp

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CD"S
CDs are cheaper than ever right now so it is a great time to invest. Soon mass scale manufacturing will end and the prices on the used market will increase. In case you ever think of streaming: CDs are better than streaming since you can choose wh... 
WAF Speaker suggestions
The European speakers with a very well-regarded sound and the non-disputed king of WAF is the Boenicke. I am not sure whether they appear on the second hand US market but if they did the W5 or W8 model might reach your budget. Don’t be put off by ... 
Streamer choices
I think you will find the biggest difference will be moving from Spotify to Qobuz or Tidal. In my experience the CD quality, and higher, of these services will yield a far bigger improvement to the sound than improving the streamer/DAC.At 320kbs S... 
Innuos Statement Review
Thanks for your excellent review.  I very much appreciate it when people go to such an effort to listen to and review their experiences. You certainly do not need to do a double blind test for your review to have validity.Thanks again, and I look ... 
Streaming vs. CD
I have spent some time getting Qobuz and Tidal to sound as good as my high-end CD transport.  To start with CD was much better.  Now there is nothing in it.  It took some time and each of these changes made an improvement:- turning WiFi and Blueto... 
Most useful tweaks that are sensible and really make a noticeable improvement
In the UK many of us live in older houses which have suspended wooden floors. In these houses bass vibration is a real problem. The solution is:1. Put your speakers onto cheap granite/stone slabs. I use two cheap kitchen counter top chopping board... 
What brand was better than it is today?
Quad. Their old amps were legendary. Now they are cheap Chinese-made average sounding things.  
What is the best solid state amplifier you have ever heard?
Vitus SIA-025. An integrated amp too. So incredible that I had to purchase it despite it being 100% over my budget.  
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
@sfine0, please could you explain where a switch sits in the system and it’s function? At present my line of wired connections is modem to router to streamer to dac.  My streamer user interface system communicates to the router via WiFi and hence ... 
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
Yes thanks.  
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
@worldwidewholesales Please could you explain the difference between a streamer and a server?  I do think the terminology in streaming is wanting.  Sometimes a streamer contains a dac, sometimes it doesn’t (when it sometimes is referred to as a ne... 
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
@worldwidewholesales Is a streamer the same as a server?i was thinking of demoing an AURALiC Aries G2 - are there others you can recommend to replace the Pro-ject?I do not need a hard drive nor a DAC.  
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
@worldwidewholesales thanks for your considered reply. One thing I don’t understand: in my chain (router to Pro-Ject Streambox to DAC) which is the server? 
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
Thanks for all your very informative replies. I will certainly try some of the ideas you put forward. Fortunately I don’t get drop out problems with Tidal, the issues are just in sound quality: compared to the CD the music has grit, the top end is... 
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
@big_greg - my internet connection is wired. The Project stream box ultra is a budget network bridge (around $1000) whereas the Vitus CD player is high-end gear. Maybe that is the issue: a top cd transport vs a budget network transport. I had had ...