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Which companies deserve a star for Christmas
Calvin at Audio Research -very patient and helpful. Always have parts for everything! RIP Bill 
RCA or XLR Between Digital Separates?
Agree with Irvrobinson. The "balanced" format is what is used exclusively in the pro/studio world-for good reasons mentioned here many times. The XLR is 110 ohms vs the RCA 75 ohm format so they are not directly interchangeable, you can easily mix... 
William Z Johnson RIP
Wow, a legend passes on, sorry to hear about that. Never met the man but have been enjoying his products immensely and will continue to do so. He built a truly world class company from virtually nothing over 40+ years. A tough act to follow...RIP ... 
speaker wire/interconnects for JL F113
Running Mogami Star-Quad in balanced configuration. Sounds great to me... 
Differential from source to pre but not amp?
An added bonus of fully balanced differential operation, is that the interconnect cables variations are less noticeable than running SE. Meaning that many of the high $$ RCA style cables sound differences are negated when running balanced (probabl... 
How do you spend your time?
I spend probably 3 hours a day listening to music. About half that time is multi-tasked with web surfing (audio of course)and rest is "serious" listening. Weekends can double this time. GOD I need a life.... 
how much $$$ to really upgrade my DAC
DACs are funny beasts in that many of the under $500 units are really quite good and it will take a sizable outlay to really better them. Think along the lines of $3-5K DACS. Many in between this range are fine units (W4S, Bryston, etc)but it take... 
Mcintosh MA6900 or MA7000
The MA7000 is of course the beefier unit and will probably put out more current when called for than the MA6900, but I would think the 6900 is plenty of grunt unless you're feeding power hungry speakers that take some crazy impedance dips. (severa... 
HDnet concerts on Dishnetwork?
I have heard about a dozen different concerts on HD Net and they were pretty much all very good sounding (not truly hi-end though). Could be just the way Tom Petty sounds or just this concert. 
Logitech Squeezebox sound compared to CD Player
The SBT hits way above its weight class when used with a high end outboard DAC. For something that costs less than the tax on some people's interconnects, its well worth trying it out. I'm using it with a nice quality DAC and I'm continually impre... 
How Many Audiophiles Have Do You Know?
As an on again, off again 'phile for 35 years, I can honestly say I've never met one in an impromptu social situation unless actively seeking the presence of one - kind of like vampires I think! we're out there but hard to connect even with the in... 
Affordable "audiophile" network player?
SBT is your only and best choice in this range. Don't even think about it, just BUY one! 
subs for Sonus Faber Cremona M floor standing
I am using the JL Audio F110 with what are already essentially "full range" speakers and love it! looking for a second to add to the system, not for overall gain but just smoothing of the room nodes. That being said, I would probably be just as ha... 
Need Some DAC + Headphone Advice
Another alternative to the all in one unit from Peachtree is the Bel Canto integrated with built in DAC. Don't remember the model number but I had heard it was pretty highly rated. 
Looking for DAC for mac min 2000$
if you've considered using firewire, you should absolutely checkout the Weiss DAC2. Used price is right in your wheelhouse.