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Roon Support, or lack thereof
Roon is a software company which sells some hardware. I decided to instead get a Sonictransporter Roon server from Small Green Computer https://www.smallgreencomputer.com instead of a Nucleus because SGC does direct customer support. I like the lo... 
headphone DAC/amp
I like my Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt, both the price and performance. I use with the laptop and the smartphone on the road. I use it with Senn 650 and 600.  
Thoughts on My Dedicated Listening Room
Building a Listening Room by Robert Harley May 28th, 2019 Robert Harley - Building a listening room https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/building-a-listening-room    
CD Transports: anything in between?
I love my REGA Apollo player. Excellent value imo! https://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-rega-apollo-cd-player/  
Your thoughts on my quest for new speakers
I have a new (1 y/o) pair of Vandersteen 2CE Mk III's and love them (a best buy, imho), but wanted the Treo CT yet decided they can't be 3X better than the 2CEs. REALLY want the Quattro CT's but can't afford a new pair. There are a few others on t... 
Vandersteen Speakers.. Are All Other Speaker Makers Doing It Wrong ?
Of course they are! 😂 What else can I say? I own Vandersteens.  
The panic selling of tube audio had begun.
I just tried the website of a major internet tube house and their site is down, overwhelmed with traffic and orders. Tube article Tubes - Where are they made  
Class A or Class D solid-state amplifiers (modern designs)
I haven’t heard these, and the size and price kinda makes me wonder, but AbSound gives them a product of the year award. The size is amazing. I am tempted to try a pair. Orchard Audio Starkrimson Monoblock Power Amplifier $1500/pr. While virtua... 
Best Remote for Roon Nucleus+
I like my Kindle Fire HD10 tablet for Roon. Sometimes the Kindle app store is a bit slow to catch up with the latest Roon release, but it lags only a few days. No big deal really. $149 ... hard to beat the price.   
Need speaker recommendations.
+1 on Larsen. Either the 8.2 or 6.2. They can be put against the front wall. WALL OF SOUND! https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/larsen-model-8-loudspeaker  
T+A Made in Germany
The best…. by an order of magnitude Chinese food I have ever had was in China. No doubt, and the San Gabriel Valley in LA is good too. But you'd better bring a translator, because the menus are in Chinese only and they won't translate for you, ... 
This 60 Hz hum is driving me crazy
@russ69  LOL re "I'm too lazy to type the whole path of isolating 60hz hum, but if that hum is "ear to the speaker", quit doing that." I had a hum like this and spent a lot of time in 3-way chat with the designer of my preamp and builder of my a... 
Best server to use WITHOUT Roon
I cannot imagine listening without Roon. I have discovered SO much new music and so many artists due to the hyperlinks and text information. I use an SGC core/server and it's been reliable, but for one issue that only took a shipment back to Andre... 
Can it get better?
I've thought of doing the reverse route: from separates to a really good integrated. When I said this to Richard Vandersteen, he laughed and said "Why? To save on one set of cables?" And I laughed. My thinking was that the synergy between a pream... 
What Is So Special About Harbeth?
I have heard a few Harbeths (and Grahams ... same BBC lineage). They are sweet on the right music, as stated here, The competition is tough in that price range, which for me is expensive for a stand mounted speaker with limited bottom end. I have ...