jl35

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Big source improvement using CD player
The 105 has a Tidal selection on its menu. You have to download the Oppo Media app onto your phone to operate  
Big source improvement using CD player
The Oppo 105 streams Tidal. Not the 205 
Big source improvement using CD player
Spotify Premium streams at 320 kbps, a CD is 1411 kbps...the rest is magic...Tidal HiFi is 1411 kbps...so a CD even without a magical DAC is better sounding than Spotify...though some believe bits are bits, many believe both the transport and DAC ... 
Big source improvement using CD player
Spotify is not intended to have good sound quality... 
Unbelievable
regardless of whether or not the finish on the front of speakers can affect the reflected sound, the advertisers have probably never met the engineers, so I say go ahead and listen... 
Best cheap integrated amp
Musical Fidelity M2si was recently on sale at Upscale for $599 , which brought used prices way down. I have one, bought used, and think it’s terrific...Steve Guttenberg recently gave some rave reviews to low price Denon and Cambridge Integrateds, ... 
In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment
perfect quote mitch2 
Synergistic UEF Blue v. Cerious Graphene Matrix Power v. Mad Scientist Audio Nitro Nano
I slowly moved from all GE to all Matrix and while each addition was great, the full set is even greater...an unabashed fan of Bob's cables for many years... 
Help with upgrade bug...
start with the free stuff like plugging straight into the wall and working with speaker placement, I think you will find significant change from both. You will find no agreement here as to whether even new high quality power conditioners harm or h... 
Anyway to use the DAC in an integrated cd player with an outboard transport?
if the shop said the transport is fine, but it doesn't work properly, find another shop... 
Help with upgrade bug...
that Monster can degrade the sound of your very good electronics...I use similar Monster’s with my home theater and computer, so I’m not an anti-Monster guy...but your gear is too good... 
Help with upgrade bug...
Just for fun try no power conditioner 
Synergistic UEF Blue v. Cerious Graphene Matrix Power v. Mad Scientist Audio Nitro Nano
there's also some interesting reading out there about Pass Labs and Silent Source power cords and cables... 
Node 2i use with external DAC
the 2i will benefit from a better DAC, but is still ultimately limited as a source, so I wouldn't spend big money on a DAC...maybe a Bifrost or Gungnir, or Denafrips Ares ll 
Anyway to use the DAC in an integrated cd player with an outboard transport?
I've also had good experiences with two CXC units...everything I read says the V1 and V2 are sonically identical