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Moving up from a Node 2i
If you could find a used Lumin U1 mini (lists for $2K), that might do the job.  I think there's one for sale here on Audiogon. 
Which type of cable sounds best for Streamer to DAC: AES/EBU or DIGITAL COAX or USB ??
In my setup, too, AES/EBU seems quite a bit better than USB.  I'm connecting an Auralic Aries streamer to a PS Audio Directstream DAC with modest cables (Curious for USB and DH Labs for AES/EBU).  I strongly suspect, though, that Jazzman7 is right... 
dissapointed - new LS50w's vs old PioneerFS52's/Luxman R113 - so far Kef's not so great?
Unless the 'W' above is a mistake, the OP has the wireless version of the LS50's with built-in amplification, so I don't think the problem is lack of power.  Personally, I lived with the original, passive LS50's for a year or so, upgraded virtuall... 
Another Music Direct Catalog observation
Thanks for those links Oregonpapa.  I'd heard of Jo Stafford but that was my first listen to her voice.  Wow. 
$1300-1500 DAC
Another vote for Audio Mirror Tubadour. 
Which Class D Amplifier? PS Audio, Ghent, Nord, Merrill or other???
Just for the benefit of those who are not familiar with PS Audio’s business model:  They have a trade-in program where they discount the product you are buying by the original MSRP of the product you are trading in, up to a limit which is about 30... 
Equipment Rack Between Speakers...Good or Bad
These experiments are not so easy to do! Mainly because moving multicomponent audio racks around is not easy but also because I have to change several things at once to accommodate different positions. Which rather complicates the comparisons for ... 
High end Cables not important for certain electronics?
FWIW I did post my question to the "Ask the Experts" forum at PS Audio.  A couple of experts (Ted Smith, designer of the Directstream DAC ,and Galen Gareis, longtime Belden cable engineer and designer of Iconoclast Cables) have weighed in.  I've l... 
High end Cables not important for certain electronics?
Since I am about to purchase a fairly long pair of balanced cables, I read that thread with great interest. I’d love to be able to buy some well-made ‘basic’ xlr cables from an assembler like Blue Jeans Cable and not worry that I was short-changin... 
Reasonable high end interconnects: without breaking the bank
Good point -- I hadn’t thought to check out the OP’s amp. Will start a thread. 
Reasonable high end interconnects: without breaking the bank
I'm wondering if any of these recommendations would change if it was clear that the OP was going to use balanced (XLR) cables or was going to have a long run from pre-amp to amps.  I seem to remember that Elizabeth found the Cardas Parsec excellen... 
Tidal WiFi not as good as cd
I stream wirelessly from an Asus router to an Auralic Aries and sound quality with both Tidal and files stored on a NAS is excellent.  Auralic recommends using the wi-fi connection in order to eliminate the possibility of electrical noise travelin... 
How much does volume matter when breaking in amps and cables?
As long as we’re on the subject.... If one is breaking in a power amp, is it necessary to connect it to speakers, or could you get by with just running a signal into it? And if the amp has both XLR and RCA inputs, would it be necessary (or even he... 
Isoacoustics Gaia II on what type of speaker platform?
I put my speakers on Gaia’s on top of thick maple cutting boards and felt that I got quite an improvement in resolution and imaging over the spikes that I used previously.  My listening room is in a basement with a fairly thick  area rug over a co... 
Does this exist? Preamp/Streamer/DAC with MQA, Roon and more
Might want to check out the new Audio Alchemy line from ELAC.  The previous versions of these pieces got a lot of very favorable reviews.  The DDP-2 is a streamer-DAC-preamp.https://www.elac.com/product/ddp-2-preamplifier-dac-streamer/?r=usI have ...