Responses from gdnrbob

Price increases are insane
@artemus_5 , The Leader If you mean the President of the US, then tell me how he can change the prices of anything in the US.  You'd have to be a king or dictator to tell a free  market economy how to price itself. In that case you'd have to n... 
Hi Resolution sound on a Windows 7 computer
@autospec , Go to Sounds- Playback. Click on the output you are using. Click Advanced and go to Default Format. Click on the Drop down and select the highest level that will work on your machine. Bob  
Buyer Beware
Before returning to Audio, I was buying and selling watches. That hobby is even worse than audio. Though wire transfer is considered safe, crooks know how to evade the system and screw you even when you use that.     The best advice is to use ... 
Another person going digital and full of questions
@hilde45 , Though the guts of DAC's and streamers are pretty much the same, the difference between them is the software driving them. I have no experience with Orchard, so I cannot comment on it's performance, but I will say that if you do compa... 
Is an isolation transformer better than a power conditioner?
Here is a link to an article I think you might be interested in looking at: Bob  
Another person going digital and full of questions
Great info so far. My 2 cents: I, too, struggled to understand the streaming thing. I started with a BS Node- very inexpensive, very capable unit. Lots of connectivity to a wide range of music services, but the included DAC, though good for the... 
Best XLRs under $500 a pair
If your equipment supports the AES standard, then XLR cables should not contribute to sound quality. B  
Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Streaming DAC
An Ayre QB-9 Twenty owner here. And, I concur with your opinion. Even the Codex was a very capable DAC for the money. Ayre seems to offer a great products at great price points. Bob  
Is an unbalanced preamp a bad thing?
You can always get some Jensen RCA to XLR convertors. B  
Grounding a Powered Subwoofer Causes Volume Increase
No experience with the equipment you use/d, but when I demoed another grounding unit, I noticed a subtle, though noticeable increase in the 'blackness' of the system-like, less noise in the background.  Perhaps this is what you are noticing.-Mayb... 
Balanced versus single ended
I second Ralph's (Atmasphere)'s post. You need equipment that supports the AES standard in order to compare balanced to RCA.-Otherwise, it is a crapshoot. Utilizing the AES 48 standard should eliminate the effect of cables affecting sound qualit... 
Why is used audio equipment so undesirable?
I couldn't have afforded my system if I bought new. Also, the fact that I knew I loved Vandersteen speakers narrowed down my quest. That and some very lucky purchases that happened at the right time, and great advice from John Rutan at Audioconn... 
Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?
Dyna Groove- Dyna Warp.  
I don't want to beat a dead horse but I'm bugged.
I think you answered your own question. If a reviewer bases his/her opinion on only tech specs,-which is something you believe are not the end all- then why should you bother to consider his opinion? There are plenty of people on the internet wh... 
Vandersteen 7 and room treatment
 the Vandersteen’s are still sitting on their pallets upstairs for the second week.   Good, let your ears take in the sound, then set up the Vandys. Dollars to donuts, I bet you'll never go back. Be sure to let us know your decision on the For...