Responses from mikem

@woowoo  I have neck injuries from the pro4AA’s , also bought back in the 70’s. Heavyweights .   
Schiit Freya+(Plus)
@alymere  Very similar experiences, I have the modi multibit, Yggdrasil, Loki, Magni, Freya+, Aegir And others I gave as gifts.  the Yggy is a permanent fixture in my main rig.. The Freya+ sits on the shelf, the others are in my 2nd setup. While... 
@three_easy_payments  I concur with your post above 100%.  I built a pass labs designed Amp, the ACA. I have a modi multibit, and use a Magni for a volume control. Speakers are a pair of NHT super ones from 23+ years ago.. I have this setup on my... 
@mijostyn  Fortunately the audio journey isn’t all ego. I’m old and speaking from experience, I agree with what you said to a point. Yet decades later, I only care about the music and not being competitive or owning a trophy system.   
How important Is shielding with RCA wires? (Ethan Winer, new video)
@stringreen  shielding block lots of RF noises and such..  someone on YouTube used a device to listen to his cables.. he was picking up broadcasts from AM and all kinds of noise..  shielding makes sense with low signal cables..  
Two Sources, One DAC
I use my DAC like a preamp for source switching.. since my linestage doesn’t have source switching.. most DAC’s have multiple input types..  
Which taps?
+1 for @three_easy_payments ..    
Advice needed on power cables, wall warts, conditioning, electrical outlet
I would personally ditch the furman and use a BPIT, balanced power isolation transformer. Balanced power works via physics, CMR, common mode rejection. It’s not snake oil, it’s simple and proven.  Just use the right sized unit and allow for headro... 
What makes the biggest difference in sound quality?
@ted_denney Given the choices you outlined, I would say interconnects first, speaker wire second, then PC’s. Never played with fuses, so I can’t say..    
What makes the biggest difference in sound quality?
@nickatnoon61  You do realize this is an audiophile forum, don’t you ?      
I bought the Loki for my 2nd system, out of curiosity mostly… Since I have a few recordings that sound muddy in some places. With a twist or two of the knobs.. it really does “fix” some of the recording downfalls..  making for a more pleasing list... 
Heat in class A equipment
If it’s designed well, it should live a long heathy life. Depending on the power supply sizing, load, etc..  they can get quite warm too. As do some resistors.  keep the dust off parts and the vents unobstructed, should be all you need to do. I h... 
Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference II vs. Absolute Copper IC's
@audphile1  silver has about a 5% better conductivity than copper..  doubt it would be noticeable in many tests if at all..  I recently had some custom transformers built. I had asked for silver, which was quite a bit more expensive.. The designe... 
More expensive = better?
@audiodwebe  well said..  Since when does more expensive always equate to better ?  Certainly not in audio and most things..   
Share albums where EVERY SINGLE song is good
Kokua Festival with jack Johnson and friends.  Live recorded album, great SQ and songs. Featuring: Dave Mathews, Tim Reynolds, willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, Eddie vedder, Jackson Browne, John Cruz, and more..  one of the best recorded Live albums that...