mahler123

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Comparing Powerline Ethernet to WiFi for streaming audio
I used Powerline Adapters for several years, including the models mentioned by the OP.  Eventually they all crapped out.  It turns out that in my 100 plus year old home that there are several transitions in zones in the fuse box to get from the ro... 
Universal disc player recommendation
I own 2 Oppos (105 and 203) but six months ago replaced an old Pioneer Elite Universal Player (pre Blu Ray era) with the latest Pioneer Elite Universal Player in my third system and am very happy.Given the demise of Oppo and the inflated prices th... 
How much $ in used gear streaming to beat $5000 CD player
Here is a thought.  Use the 105 to play burned CDs to a HD, using the Network function of the 105.  Presumably you are very happy with its sound, since all that you are seeking is to “equal” it.  All you then need do is invest in a hard drive and ... 
Need help on buying a streamer / network player
@gte357s I second the Bluesound Node and Vault recommendations as they sound pretty decent.  There are occasional software glitches.  A Mac Mini with Audirvana in my setup sounded better than Bluesound, but not a huge difference.  The Bluesound so... 
Thinking about a digital media player. No streaming. But there's a problem...
How about a PC with a really large screen? 
O.K., downloads, streaming and more....but I still like many of my CD and SACD disks
if if the OP has a functioning CDP with digital outs that he can use as a transport I would put the budget in a good DAC.  2K will buy something really excellent from Benchmark, Mytek, and others.   
is it possible to make digital audio sound like vintage vinyl
If you want digital to sound like “vintage vinyl” the snarky response would be just fry some bacon while listening.  A more helpful response would be why is that important?  If the sound of vinyl is necessary , why not just listen to vinyl?  If it... 
Need help on buying a streamer / network player
Buying a streamer is definitely harder than it looks.  There are multiple technical issues.  It makes me appreciate popping in a CD and hitting play.   Have you tried running something besides Foobar?  Are you interested in Roon?  I would suggest ... 
3.1 or 2.1 Home Theater setup for desktop
I strongly agree with @soix .  I would start without the center speaker in such a small setup.  You can always add one later as funds allow if you really feel the need.  I use the Silverline Minuets as fronts in one of my HT systems (with a Silver... 
Simple question, or is it...
I liked millercarbon’s answer. 
Can an older Sony or Pioneer CD changer sound better with a budget DAC?
I looked up the DAC...it costs $20!  Please go ahead and experiment because I would love to know the verdict. 
Question re: DAC with network/streaming capability
New to the thread.  I think the OP has a fairly decent system.  He would benefit from a better DAC and he wishes to stream and he also plays SACDs.  I would look strongly at the Bryston piece that combines their DAC3 with their BDP3 streamer.  The... 
DAC or CD PLAYER?...again
I used to own the Apollo.  One negative is that it refused to read many discs that worked just fine on other players.  It was one of the first CDPs that would store the first 20 seconds or so in a buffer before deciding if it liked it, and it’s ve... 
Looking to upgrade DAC from SA8005
The Bryston BDP-2 isn’t a DAC, but a streamer.Parasound makes a Pre amp/DAC combo in your price range, but I haven’t heard the DAC 
Best DAC for SONY SCD XA5400es
The Sony can also output DSD over HDMI.  If you have a DAC that has an HDMI input, then you are getting DSD.  For that reason I recommend the Bryston DAC3.