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Cambridge 851C vs Oppo 205
Nothing particularly newsworthy here.  The Oppos have usually not been considered high performing units, though they are the Swiss Army knives of digital audio; they do a lot of different things.Proving that is the industry of audio mods which as ... 
DSD vs PCM .. Truth or Myth
@mzkmxcvYou continue to display what you don’t know. In addition to the original DSD recordings currently being made available, hundreds of analog titles have been released as AAD SACDs from companies like RCA, Mercury and EMI. All of their editin... 
DSD vs PCM .. Truth or Myth
Most SACDs are SQ compromised IMO because they are converted from PCM originals, or PCM intermediate stages even if they are originally recorded in DSD. That is because mastering is a practical impossibility in DSD.So the best sounding SACDs are o... 
Have New L.K.S. HM-DA9038 with Oppo95 won't play SACD's, HDMI input on DAC is for 12S data
The most complete info on this DAC and possible mods is here:https://www.head-fi.org/threads/l-k-s-audio-mh-da004-dual-es9038pro-dac-van-dammes-double-impact.840...All 1856 posts.  Happy reading.Posts about the LKS 004 DAC actually began at the LK... 
Have New L.K.S. HM-DA9038 with Oppo95 won't play SACD's, HDMI input on DAC is for 12S data
@dhollywood,You can only run SACDs through the LKS (or almost all separate DACs that will accept .dsf files--and not all do) if you rip the SACDs to the .dsf files. Otherwise you will have to run your SACDs through your Oppo and its built in DAC,... 
Have New L.K.S. HM-DA9038 with Oppo95 won't play SACD's, HDMI input on DAC is for 12S data
@mahler123,The Briston costs about $2000 more than the LKS,  Not to mention an extra $250 for its remote control.  Really!  The LKS has a much more robust power supply and a fully discrete balanced analog section.  Comes with a remote.  I guess on... 
Have New L.K.S. HM-DA9038 with Oppo95 won't play SACD's, HDMI input on DAC is for 12S data
Couple of things. There are people that will mod anything, and the spacious layout of the LKS just feeds that hobby. Yet in its un-modded form it has been compared to the very best and the very expensive. The mods being done are quite sophisticate... 
Have New L.K.S. HM-DA9038 with Oppo95 won't play SACD's, HDMI input on DAC is for 12S data
@dhollywood,I’m the OP on the original LKS thread. Yes the "hdmi" input on the LKS is NOT what we usually think of as hdmi. It is an i2s input. It will not properly receive an ordinary hdmi signal.The problem with playing SACDs is NOT with the LKS... 
Audio Additives Stylus Force Gauge inconstantcy
@ebm$800 for a stylus scale? How nuts do you think we are? 
Audio Additives Stylus Force Gauge inconstantcy
What you purchased looks like a re-branded cheap scale that is sold all over ebay for under $10.  If it is giving you inconsistent readings, toss it and look for something better.  Lots of suggestions here.  I use a "MY Weigh" scale.  It is not a ... 
VPI counterweight
There are those who believe that a heavier weight placed closer to the pivot improves performance.  When you finally see your set-up, you might consult with VPI (or their forum) for a suggestion. 
Digital Microscope advice SRA
I agree with @lewm Even those who tout the microscope method agree it "might" get you into the ball park, but final setting is always by ear.My own $.02:Find a recording that people say is good for hearing the differences when you adjust SRA. Do a... 
Phono Protractor. Recommendations?
http://turntablebasics.com/  $20 
jRiver id for FLAC storage and playback?
Confusion in your question.  First you say USB to DAC.  I assume you mean computer to DAC through USB.  Then you say SHORT of connecting computer to DAC.  Presumably JRiver is on your computer.  It an be controlled by your phone using Gizmo, JRive... 
Rythmik L12 or F12
You can’t go wrong with a Rythmik sub. FWIW, I’ve been using an L12 for a few years. A single one in a relatively small environment and I’m quite happy with it. It’s a quality sound used here principally for classical music and some pop, not theat...