Responses from ericsch

Preamp for VPI Prime 21 turntable $300-800
If you want to go used, the PS Audio GCPH is a bargain at $500 to $600. It sounds great and no dips**t switches to deal with.   
I use the Jay's LPS with my Node and the PD board. This combination improved my streaming experience. The Jay's LPS is solid, well built. I have no idea how it compares to the Sbooster or Pardo. I am sure they are high quality products, but I wasn... 
Those singers you enjoy,....that don't really have a great voice?
I too, was surprised to see Gary Brooker's name on this list. Here is another sterling performance.      
New streamer? N150 vs U2
OP, good question. I have the newer Node with a PD Creative upgrade and a Jay's Audio LPS. I've also thought about the two streamers you mentioned. At this point I am undecided. My DAC is a Pontus II.  
Favourite Guitarists
Julian Bream, especially playing works from Rodrigo.    
New SL1210GR enroute. Need cart recommendations
I really liked the Hana SL when I had it on my SL 1200G. I now use an AT Art 9Xi.    
This may be of interest to some...
Sure..... If they're replacing those that are leaving why are they "new hires" and why the billions in additional budgeting. They will run out of millionaires and billionaires very quickly and start going after middle income earners. Most billiona... 
Speaker Hum
Does it hum regardless of which input you select?   
DAC league table
Here is another option. Current Node plus a used Denafrips Ares. Well within your budget.    
Do Streamer only devices really impact sound quality?
Didn't Alvin Lee state that when using the Node with any of the Denafrips streamers that USB was the preferred connection? I think I read that here on AG, but can't find the specific post or remember the reasoning for his comment .    
What Gear Has Disappointed You?
Parasound JC3+, noisy in my system and no gain adjustment. Replaced it with a Pass XP-15 and later with a Modwright PH 9.0X, both dead quiet.    
DH Labs
@curiousjim  What did the DH Labs USB replace?    
Dropouts when steaming with WiFi connection (Amazon Music).
+1 @chilehed  I went from a wifi extender to Google Mesh. The point next to my system is wired to my streamer. No more audio drop outs.    
To couple, or not to couple, that is the question
"How about for monitors on stands? Between the stand & floor or between stand & speaker?" I have the same question.   
What did they do to fix it?