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Streamers in the scheme of things.
Always good to save money. Did you get the Moon and Bel Canto on a 30 day return basis? There's also a hat board called Pi2AES that may have been worth comparing.I wonder also if the max 192khz AES input of these speakers is a factor on levelling ... 
Confused as to where to go next...looking for warmth
Andy, another option is a combined DAC-preamp straight into your power amp. Balanced outputs would be nice, too. Could make your budget go further if you get good synergy. Maybe a Mytek Brooklyn or iFi Pro iDSD; the latter offers a tube buffered o... 
Confused as to where to go next...looking for warmth
I also suspect that the Arcam is letting the side down. However, there's an easy way to test by using the Bluesound (setting it to variable not fixed volume) straight into the Liberty. If the dark, sterile sound goes away, then sticking with the N... 
Mytek Manhattan or Berkeley Alpha or PS Audio Direct Stream
I heard the Alpha 2 in a long demo. It has a high end sound that's resolving. neutral and detailed, but I found it uninvolving and boring! I prefer something more lyrical, I suppose, and would want something that blows my socks off for this kind o... 
Bryston BDP-π
Um, the Bryston Pi IS a Raspberry Pi in a Bryston box, with a humungous markup. I’d look elsewhere for the performance to price ratio you want. You might look instead at the Auralic Aries G2.1, if going into a Dave or TT2. If Qutest or below, mayb... 
Streamer with AES3 Out and no DAC
Sonnet (new brand from founder of Metrum) Hermes, but also uses apps for remote control. The Lumin Leedh voume control seems unique for streamer only devices.There’s also the Soundaware D300; less of a known entity - distributed by the Denafripps ... 
Sold my Linn Klimax Solo, now I wanted an Integrated
Which Focals? Naim is a good match with them, generally, and also for your music styles. 
blu-ray/cd/sacd player with EQ or tone controls? Any recommendations please?
The universal player Pioneer UDP-LX500 offers a sharp/soft/slow digital filter setting; that might give you the EQ options you need. It also has an "Audio Direct" setting to bypass all filtering.The Audiolab 8300CDQ (CD disc player and DAC-pre) of... 
Searching for a dac that matches the Marantz
The new Denafrips Ares 2 and Sonnet Morpheus might be up your alley. Pure DACs not streamers, however. 
Simaudio Moon 600i v2 VS Naim Supernait 3 for Dyanudio C20s
For one, you shouldn’t need to ask anyone which amp you preferred the sound of! You did the demos; you should have a good idea of how these amps performed respectively with soundstaging and separation. Second, it’s odd that you compare amps of suc... 
Simaudio Moon 600i v2 VS Naim Supernait 3 for Dyanudio C20s
How comes you didn't answer this basic question from your own demos? You've auditioned two amps; one amp twice the cost of the other, and liked them both, and remain interested only in deciding between these two products. This thread is strange. 
USB sucks
@antigrunge2 Your listing of a 5-box-dongle-device-doodad-decrappifier chain made me chuckle as we’ve all been there. Every single audio component that there has been is subject to the most mindwracking-OCD-FUD optimizations (cable lifters, anyone... 
Partly passive preamp?
I’m not aware of any commercial product that does that (multiple inputs, pure passthrough on one input, active + volume control on others). Otherwise you’d be talking about finding a new preamp (or high quality integrated) that equals or exceeds t... 
Hopelessly Confused
Not familiar with that amp but it has all the features you want. Places like crutchfield allow returns and if you wanted to could get something in to evaluate in your home and send it back if you don’t like it. Around the same price and same featu... 
SEAS Excel Magnesium Midwoofer 51/2 inches ROCK SOLID BASS
I'm confused, the Seas Thor uses 2 x W18E001 (7") in a tower transmission line giving an F3 of 44hz without room gain http://www.madisound.com/loudspeaker_specifications/audioXpress%20Thor%20Review.pdf  For the 5" W15, it has a specified Fs of 38h...