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Empyrean Headphones/Sennheiser HDVD 800 + 'what DAC'?
Thank you YYZ~.  I'd love to get the Benchmark but that plus the DAC adds a lot of cost.  I think i'll try the Matrix.  Anyone want to buy a Sennheiser HDVD 800??    
Empyrean Headphones/Sennheiser HDVD 800 + 'what DAC'?
Thanks guys.  I'm thinking I need to get a DAC/headphone amp that better matches the Empyrean headphones.  I see one suggestion above but 'new' the DAC is $2K.  Looking for headphone/amp/DAC (ideally all in one, ideally small) that is $2,500K or l... 
Empyrean Headphones/Sennheiser HDVD 800 + 'what DAC'?
I didn't think the HDVD had a DAC but it looks like (from looking online) that perhaps it does??  Anyone know for sure?  If so, then do I just hook it up to my Macbook and use Tidal or Roon for music streaming? Portability is nice but not necessa... 
Empyrean Headphones/Sennheiser HDVD 800 + 'what DAC'?
The Sennheiser is an HDVD- it's only a headdphone amp- but a damn good one.  It drives my Meze Empyrean headphones.  
Ready, set, comment! Speaker cables don’t make a difference?
I'm new to high end HiFi and i've heard both sides of the argument.  Even heard of an experiment where someone tested both a coat hanger and bare copper wire and blind listeners couldn't tell the difference.  I'm planning my own test soon.  The ke... 
Looking for a new phono preamp
@ Gestalt is correct.  I've demo'd the Gold Note first hand recently - with Focal Stellias and Luxman L-171 w/ Koetsu Black Cartridge.  Exquisite.  The Quad HP is also nice and under budget. 
DAC Apps/Software
I've used Tidal and Audirvana (the latter is a bit buggy).  Do you use those from your phone/ipad/computer?  Is there any loss when sending from those devices versus streaming directly from a DAC w/ built in streamer?I think I need an education on... 
DAC Apps/Software
I don't think I was clear. Several DAC manufacturers have their own proprietary streaming apps. Naim has one, Gold Note another, etc... Tidal, QoBuzz, Spotify and other services can be run though these apps. This eliminates the need for a computer... 
Bookshelf speakers for small room
Love these recommendations.  Is there anything within the smallish footprint of the Martin Logan 4s that I have?  I really don't have any floor space and little desk space. 
Bookshelf speakers for small room
@ZM- Which Omegas?@HShifi- Thanks, good info.  which Martins do you have?? 
Bookshelf speakers for small room
Anyone have thoughts on the NAD M33 or Goldnote DACs? 
Bookshelf speakers for small room
Thanks all for responding.  Looking forward to your suggestions.  Room is 11 x 12.  Budget is $15K.  I love acoustic guitar, jazz and deep vocals (e.g. Nick Cave) mostly.  I listen at lower levels.  Oh, and I have Sennheiser HD800s w/ Sennheiser H... 
The Best Audio Retailers in Orange County, CA
Jeeze Edcyn, Excel looks very expensive. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
Dude- hardcore evaluation.  So, what would you recommend for a small room- re: a great, easy to use streamer + phono for rich, full sound?