adg101

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How much should I spend on a new DAC
Well I’m going to have to drag home one of these $4-6k DAC’s, because right now I’m listening to Cowboy Junkies, “The Trinity Sessions” through my RME ADI 2fs with Teddy Pardo LPS, Nordost Frey 2 Balance direct to Cary V12, Frey 2 speaker cables f... 
Do speaker cables really make a difference ?
Just purchased a pair of Nordost Frey 2’s which replaced, still have, WyWires Silver Series. First the WyWires are wonderful cables that throw a huge stage and the first speaker cables I’ve owned that made my speakers disappear.     Well, as good... 
SPDIF Coax cable recommendation?
Nordost Silver Shadow, Supra, then Canare. You’ll have to spend a lot more to better these cables. Supra in The States you’ll find on eBay and Canare many online vendors but most seem to go through Blue Jeans.The Nordost you can find here often.  
DAC/Pre-Amp Advice
$2-3k budget? Definitely look for a DAC as the one in any Bluesound device is ok at best, better as a streamer only. If you don’t upgrade to a LPS then definitely or regardless get a better C7 power cord and run ethernet not wireless. I’d look at ... 
diffuser or absorption panels, which would you choose?
OP Diffusers behind the speakers on the front wall. Absorbers on the front wall will close the stage, speakers will not disappear as the stage will be behind the speakers; don’t believe, try it. Diffusers on the front wall will disperse the refle... 
Starting from Basically Scratch. Help me power some Wilson Watt Puppys
captainswankypants If you want to hear what you WP7’s are truly capable of you need an amp with some power, real power. I have WP’s and although my Cary tube amp sounds wonderful on them, they can’t touch what my Pass X250 does. Your Wilson’s can... 
Cheapest but good cables….
Nordost for flat cables but 12ft might be more than you want to part with, if so maybe AudioQuest. Canare for interconnects which BlueJeans sells. If you can keep your speaker cables above the carpet, Canare is a good choice.   
Why does pulling out main speakers from wall improve sound?
Suggest you’re dealer purchase Paul McGowan of PS Audio, The Audiophile’s Guide, The Loudspeaker. After he reads it then he should let you borrow. At least he was honest with you I guess. If he’s not up for it then you might want to order for your... 
Cables from amp to preamp or longer speaker cables…
thomastrouble You will likely discovery the stage will be better, a deeper stage with your equipment off to the side as you’re thinking. If you can’t run balance I wouldn’t sweat it too much but you might need a well shielded cable or one with th... 
Best Basic CD Player (no SACD, USB, etc.)
+1 on the Rotel. CD11 Tribute is where I’d start if buying new under $1k.  
When CDs first came onto the market in 1982 .......
Sting, “The Dream of The Blue Turtles” was my first CD. Still own the CD but both the Yamaha CDX1 and Technics SLD1 are long gone. The Yamaha died, the Technics I gave to a friend and I bet still playing today. My system back then was a college sy... 
Which AMP to Keep ?
I would definitely keep the Pass and sell the others.   
RME ADI-2 direct to amp
audioman58 Totally agree. I use a WyWires Silver Juice II Digital Series PC and a Synergistic Orange Fuse with great results. Made a nice difference, giving more openness and warmth, taking out the edge… what little edge there was.  
Ayon CD-5s
I’d reach out to Ayon directly before I gave up. Most dealerships don’t have a service department capable to work on digital components. Agree with Jasonborne52. Could be a simple fix.  
Potential upgrade path…
Backdoor What are you hoping to gain? $35k is a lot of money, even to those that don’t have a hard time pissing it away. Not a fan of DSP for a two channel set up - home theatre, sure. I’d suggest, because I suspect you’ll get a lot out of it is ...