Responses from jbuhl

Please be gentle with me! 🙏
Some good older used DAC around on usaudiomart and tmr for little  < $400 for a next phase. Wadia 121,Benchmark Dac1,TEAC 501, Moon D-DAC  
Please be gentle with me! 🙏
  Lots a accolades for the BS unit.  But I agree with @mahler123 the improvement potential is a crapshoot.  
Please be gentle with me! 🙏
Couple things to toy with: The LEAK has a ES9038Q2M DAC chip and from the reviews they payed close attention to the implementation. I would bet they they are upsampling the source stream. What is his service? Looks like the LEAK also has blue too... 
BHK 250
Only thing I am sure about is if you every wanted one of those amps it appears now is the time.   
on the cheap
Used Gen1 Sonos players can be found all over craigslist for cheap. You can also explore a Blue Tooth dongle to hang off the receiver/integrated. like this  
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
I was buzzing through the the RMAF years ago listening to a bunch of setups.  After the show I kept thinking the most impressive system I heard was and Octave Dynaudio Tower setup.  Dont even remember the models but of all the gear I heard that wa... 
DAC suggestion for PC
Not a bunch of help with this but I have friend who I steered to CXA81 and streams The Spotify via an iPAD. He also picked up the CXC for spinning CDs. We refurbed a pair of B&W 603 for him. He is not a critical listener but he has been please... 
Finally upgrading my amp
Not necessarily,  You could get good use separates for  that $2.5K Rogue RP-1 ~$1K. PS Audio S300 or parasound a23 power amp can be had for around $1.5K   
Looking for Sub to pair with Dynaudio Confidence 20s
As always try to get an audition.  I think SVS has some kind of trial offer? I have one larger sub but always wonder if I should have gone with 2 smaller ones.   
Building your music digital music collection
I got a modest offline library just to rip CDs that I had already owned and from the library.  Otherwise like others have said: Paying $150 a year to have access to millions of tracks is the only way to go.   
To Focal or not to Focal
With the Release of the new Evo line there are good deals to be had in the Aria line especially on the used market.  Pair 948s on here for around $2.5K and the 936 and 926 for even less.   
Sonus Faber Sonetto V’s Thoughts Requested
I listened to them in a couple of different environments and finally settled on Focal 936’s which were also offered by my dealer in a similar price range. These are actually much less now as they have been supplanted by the Evo X series.  Yep ,... 
Value of a preamp?
Fair number of preamp lauding threads on here. A few more people praising their dacs volume control sans external pre. "Richness" was the term used that I thought described it best, in my system anyway.  
Sub $2,000 Integrated Amp Recommendations
Research Rogue Sphinx   
Sonus Faber Sonetto V’s Thoughts Requested
@jbuhl – Thank you for your input. I can’t help but wonder how the V’s might have been a better match to compare, but I believe the Focals mentioned are a bit cheaper, so hmmm. The IIIs  & the 926s were the same price from my dealer was the...