Responses from recluse

Balanced versus single ended
Yess. I am aware of the point that long runs are best handeled by balanced connection. But I am talking short runs only, and my experience is still: balanced sounds better. Could this possibly be related to the increased gain(voltage)?, aside fr... 
Mitigating the Bubble
Curiosity is piqued Is this safe for skin? Hypoallergenic or organic?  
Has the cost of HiFi gotten a bit too much?
The reality is, gas is the lifeblood of all things that have a cost. So yes  Biden and his admin are the cause for gas price elevation,  with a little icing by the Russian embargo. Printing money bodes for the future.  Essentially anything in yo... 
How to control volume for DAC with no volume control
The Bluesound volume control sounds fine with connections to solid state amification.   Not so when utilizing a tube DAC with the balanced connections. Musical Paradise DAC  
First Watt Sit-3 paired with Klipsch Cornwall lV?
I have an analagous setup with Nelson’s First Watt clone Aleph J and Crites B speakers which I have enjoyed for several years now. Better than stuff costing 1000s more, collecting dust now :-(  
Is Old Music Killing New Music?
It started with Napster ~20 yrs ago Record companies lost control over the product and the loss of money followed. Now there is a mountain of garbage that nobody has time to sift through. Similar to what’s been happening to the US over the las... 
AKM makes the best DACs
Disagree with the thread title. Erik is usually not one of the closed minded types ;-) Would rather say AKM makes ONE on the best DACs. My preferance is for ESS Sabre.  
Bluesound Node 2021 DAC - I sold my Denafrips Ares II
I would agree with you in that many situations the BS DAC sounds great without an outboard modern edition of DAC. I have found that in many cases, the fewer components in the chain sound better than more high quality components. IE a minimalist f... 
Klipsch!. The worst speaker company, EVER?
I didn’t bother with the OP link. But would agree with the gist of prior post. I think horns have me hooked. Doesn't have to be tubes necessarily. An Aleph J and Crites Cornscala have put me in heaven. The Tekton DIs will take a rest;-) Leading... 
Klipsch Cornwall IV
Big greg, would you like a glass of the proprietary Cool Aid?  
Klipsch Cornwall IV
Is the Harley and brick wall condo included?  
Products you added to your system in 2021 that made most impact to your music enjoyment
2021: Musical Paradise Tube DAC 2020: Crites speakers(style B)      
Different R2R DACs
Yes Agree with Charles and Big Kid  
Different R2R DACs
Auditioned the MHDT Orchid and was not too impressed. Although it didn’t have any flaws either. Returned it and took the 10% penalty. Right now I’m content with RME ADI2 followed by a tube buffer(Ifi itube2). Equipment: AtmaM60, Zu DruidV  
Audio Mirror vs Prima Luna tube DAC
Re Primaluna gear... Some general comments with regard to gear: Their stuff is well built, solid, and reliable, akin to the automobile industry of today. So reliable and well designed, your inclined to take it for granted. Very clean build. If ...