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Let’s share the music that gives us the chills every time.
https://youtu.be/w7HJZPlJn_UDavid Byrne and a choir a capella Bowie Heroes  
A system for my college-bound daughter
Best pickup line ever, "Wanna hear my new speakers?" Steely Dan or Michael Franks(back in the day) and it's all over. LOL. Cheers,Spencer 
Router Ethernet Cable to Streamer
@ggecas2. Small Green Computer has a few youtube videos ~2min each that demonstrate setup of much of what's discussed above. Although some of the branded items vary, I think he's using a TP-Link and the SFP connectors etc. are all very similar. Mi... 
Simple, small footprint tube preamp ?
Schiit for sure. Eastern Electric made some that have lots of flexibility to try different tube types if that's the way you roll. (ha!) Cheers,Spencer 
Roon for cheapies
Good video. Thinking of pointing some friends to it who might want Roon at a low cost hardware-wise. There's a thread about the video on the Roon Community Forum, where some get into a detailed debate of merits of various i3 & i5 iterations, a... 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
@alvinnir2, one thing to keep in mind when researching various streamers is that many (maybe most) aren't tied to one control app like the Blu and Aurelic, which both are known for pretty nice apps. Look for references to DLNA, UPnP and/or Open Ho... 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
@alvinnir2, "There is no question that a better external DAC improves on the internal DAC of the Node 2i.  Seems like the streamer also is key but perhaps not as significant.YMMV!"I think you hit the nail on the head there. But IME, you don't need... 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
It sure can matter. Noise is the devil and computer vs. streamer, cable type vs others, wifi vs wired, software vs. software can all make a difference in the SQ. Not to mention UX, but that's 10 entirely different searches you should consider. A s... 
A system for my college-bound daughter
Sprout is a good suggestion. IIRC, they're discontinuing or updating so the older version may be available for a bargain price new. Cheers,Spencer 
A system for my college-bound daughter
A few ideas for you...Fluance tt for ~$350 including an Ortofon cartridge is getting plenty of raves. Steve Guttenberg has reviews on youtube. They look pretty impressive and less costly than the vintage restored Thorens I bought for my daughter. ... 
DAC replacement?? Also looking for passionate tube tech
If you're willing to ship to east coast...Backert Labshttps://www.rhbsound.com/  
Roon 1.8
Update works great for me on all devices. Had a great listening session last night but I didn't think to attribute the SQ to any Roon improvement; just credited a couple of good recordings that I happened to choose. I'll listen more closely for an... 
Roon - 10 Things You Don't Know
Thanks, Chris! As a newbie with Roon, I appreciate your insights and good will. Cheers,Spencer  
I bought a pair to use with my TV instead of a soundbar. Ironically, the best deal was at Home Depot w/ 15%off coupon. They sound surprisingly good fed via toslink output from the Sony. With Chromecast built-in, I can use them as a Roon endpoint t... 
Which Speaker
@oliverben5672, speaker tech hasn't changed much in years, excluding powered speakers. You can buy used speakers for 50-60% of MSRP and sell them a year or two later at probably no or minimal loss. That will save you far more than £100s.Pretend we...