loomisjohnson

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Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic?
the blon b20 ($450 on massdrop) are open-backed planars, very comfortable and sound great---not a western brand but would be my pick in that range 
Low hum from amp
per noromance, more often than not it's transformer hum caused by the transformer coming loose with time--you can try screwing it back down tight, but make sure you leave unplugged for a couple of days before you try it 
Zeppelin Prevails....
devoid of context, i agree with the verdict--the use of the four chord progression isn't so close  as to constitute a flagrant, my sweet lord-type ripoff (altho if you read the appellate decision it's based on technical rules of evidence rather th... 
Any “value” competitor streamers vs Bluesound Node 2i?
+1 uberwaltz--the chromecast, which you used to be able to pick up for $25, had to the greatest-ever value in audio. i've a/b'd it with a ($500) bluesound node using the same dac and system and the differences were very small. 
Almost embarrassed to ask, but...
i would use your oppo as a preamp (connected via analog outs directly to your power amp)--it's a high-quality piece that will likely outperform alot of separate preamps. you'd connect your streamer to the oppo thru the streamer's optical or coaxia... 
Are Bowers and Wilkins speakers overpriced?
my take is that b&w is kinda schizophrenic in that some of their lower-priced models  sound better to me than their much pricier TOTL--i feel the same way about focal. i do believe that b&w uses a dealer-only model, so you tend to get less... 
Usb audio newbie question
connecting your phone via the lightning port to the usb input on your parasound will work--you can also use a 3.5mm to rca cable out of the headphone jack on your iphone 6.  you might be best served, tho, by connecting wirelessly via a chromecast ... 
Upgrade time - PSB, Paradigm, Monitor Audio, or . . .
i have the synchrony, which do need a high current source to drive them, but i think your exposure would do just fine. i'd probably rate the monitor 300 a tad higher (they're also more expensive)--it's bassier and has more oomph--but you'd do well... 
Considering getting a CD player (again). Used? New? Criteria?
someone whose audio expertise i respect convinced me that glass optical is better than the standard plastic optical so at his suggestion i got this for $30 on amazon: "3 Ft Toslink Glass Digital Audio." Whether or not it's actually superior or mer... 
What are you streaming tonight?
Uber, I was up and running in a minute...vg, simple ui + no ads..sounds damn good. Currently listening to Duane's slide on trouble no more, which is a helluva slide s 
What are you streaming tonight?
on a lark i started using radio paradise and i gotta say, it's been spot-on, with scarcely a duff track. yesterday it ran the gamut from stones to radiohead to obscurities like lord huron and great lakes swimmers and still sounded pretty coherent.... 
Considering getting a CD player (again). Used? New? Criteria?
the optical out on your d1 will work fine with the transport--you can always upgrade in the future 
Are Focal Aria 926 considered to be a Hi-Fi speaker?
"hifi" is, of course, in the ears of the beholder--to me it means a speaker which is coherent reproduces timbre naturally and is free from colorations. form that perspective, imo the aria qualifies as hi-fi notwithstanding that it's on a middle ti... 
Budget speakers for near-wall positioning
+1 on the rega--they're impervious to placement 
Has anyone ever used any sprays or paints to protect the cabinet of a speaker?
i've left a pair of (indoor) technics sb55 speakers, which i sprayed with polyurethane, under on an eave on my open rear porch--i've left 'em out that way for 10+ years through snow, rain and shine and they're still going strong ( i have another p...