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Does a graphic equalizer show where your amp is lacking?
A graphic equalizer boosts or cuts certain frequency ranges in volume. It has less control over the frequency range than a parametric equalizer (which, as the name indicates, allows you to set parameters on the boosts and cuts). So it is kind of ... 
Improvement in Musicality for home theater system
I think when people say musical it is often in the direction that @ghdprentice refers to, although it doesn't have to be with tubes. It often describes attributes that can be opposite what you want in a home theater setup (speech may become less c... 
Wireless vs. Ethernet for Streaming
Since you've built out a new mesh network and confirmed strong signal distribution, Wi-Fi will work just fine for you. It's the older protocol versions (particularly before 802.11ac in ~2013)  or if you have signal reliability issues that could cr... 
How Do I Stream Netflix Audio On A Smart TV To My AV Receiver
Since your smart TV only has optical audio output, that's what you'll have to use if you want to use your smart TV app for streaming video. Unfortunately this does mean you will be limited to the audio codecs that will go out over optical, which i... 
Tiny Room (6' x 9') speaker advice
If you really want to go vintage (but still modern and good) you could look for a currently manufactured model of the BBC studio monitor LS3/5A. Some examples are listed on that Wikipedia page, on which the Harbeth P3ESR XD is included. There's al... 
Think ill just go with a lumin
I would also recommend going with the T2 over the D2 if it is within your budget. There is a very large improvement in sound quality, unless the specific character of the D2 is more to your personal liking. Lumin has an outstanding software stack... 
Does anybody make...
Higher end surround sound processors with matrix routing would work.  
Questions on using Roon
Roon has three pieces to its software architecture: Core (server), Renderer (playback), Client (controller). All three of these things can be one computer, like if you install everything on one computer and then just listen to speakers or headphon... 
Lumin U1 Mini - how to set up Network *without* Ethernet cables?
@julie_priest as others have mentioned, the Lumin devices are Ethernet-only. You must use an Ethernet cable. Fuzztone's link is broken, but I think he was linking to something like the TP-Link AC750 which we've also used many times. The Lumin wil... 
Streaming 102
@joeyfed55 if you just want a pure streamer, because you're going to use the Yggdrasil anyway, then the Lumin U1 or U1 Mini is what you'd want. The T2 includes analog outputs so you don't need a separate DAC. However maybe you want both the T2 and... 
DAC connection: which type gives highest fidelity?
I would suggest optical network-based raw data transfer (e.g. a UPnP renderer) as it has both error-detection and retransmit while also being electrically decoupled.But, in practical terms, it pretty much depends on the implementation of your send... 
shielded vs unshielded pros and cons?
Audio interconnects are generally carrying low-voltage signals which means any picked up interference, from unrelated sources but also from nearby cables, can significantly impact the signal fidelity.I think all audio interconnects are shielded? T... 
Subwoofer Connection: Speaker Level Amp to Line Level on Sub?
You should not do that. Speaker level voltage can be much higher than line-level audio voltage, and the speaker outputs are expecting to see an impedance load in the 10 ohm range, while the line-level input is probably in the 10,000 ohm range. 
More Roon Questions
The advantage to downloading is to have the file available even without using your Internet connection. This may be a benefit if you have intermittent connection issues, want to take the music with you while traveling (e.g. on your phone), or if y... 
If Power Cords Don't Matter...
@chayro the short answer is that power conditioners include components and circuitry specifically to significantly filter stuff other than the 50Hz - 60Hz, 115V - 240V AC power signal. And this filtration can be measured and quantified. These comp...