Responses from chocaholic

Yes, cables do make a difference -- regardless of price...
Cables that carry an audio signal make a difference. Cables that carry electricity from the wall to a transformer?…well…  
Looking for 200 watt Amp to drive Dynaudio Heritage speakers
Another vote for the Hegel H390. 250 wpc into 8ohms, 45 lbs. I share your distaste for cinder block behemoths.   
Accuphase E-5000 factory power cord good enough?
Suggest focusing on cables that are in the sound path. The good folks at Accuphase surely would not supply an inadequate cord to feed electricity to the transformers…long before an audio signal is involved.   
I took Frank Zappa’s advice
But will it make that Dinah-mo Hum?   I whipped off her bloomers 'n stiffened my thumb And applied rotation on her sugar plum I poked 'n stroked till my wrist got numb But I still didn't hear no Dinah-Moe Humm Dinah-Moe Humm  
Mcintosh pre amp pricing
Like a Rolex, Mac may be the cheapest audio product you can own. Buy what you want and relax. Prices aren’t going down.   
Thank Heavens For The Internet World Used/ Pre-Owned High End Audio Market!!!!
Of course it’s left us with precious few HiFi shops to visit, listen to equipment and chat with others eyeball to eyeball. None, in fact, within hundreds of miles from here.  In general, I agree with the OP but miss having 2 or 3 shops in town lik... 
New streamer
Since you’re keeping your Node, why not install a LPS and see what you think before spending thousands?  Cost is minimal. I added a Teddy Pardo LPS to mine and am quite impressed.   
He spent his life building a $1 million stereo. The real cost was unfathomable.
@uncledemp Very well written and thought provoking post. Here’s hoping 2024 brings you much joy to balance things in your favor. It’s what we could all use.   
Upgraded my cables and they transformed my system!!!
@thecarpathian Thank you sir. It seems some find things for which they themselves may be guilty ; - ) @mclinnguy Long ago I learned what “assume” actually does. So I try to avoid that.     
Upgraded my cables and they transformed my system!!!
@ghdprentice Have been at it for 5 decades my friend. Have learned much along the way. Including the disconnect between cost and perceptable performance (different doesn’t always = better) and that price tag is meaningless. Have had mega-buck gear... 
Upgraded my cables and they transformed my system!!!
Respectfully….confirmation bias is a powerful aphrodisiac. Enjoy your improved system. What matters is how you feel about what you’re hearing. Nothing more.   
New Phono Cart with Character Needed
Word of caution. Be careful chasing a sonic characteristic that does not exist on the recording.    Nuff said.   
Lowest priced MC thats better than a Premium MM?
You may want to consider a Hana ML. Read some reviews. Available new around $1200.   
Tidal FLAC vs. Qobuz
I have F208’s also…using stereo REL subs with them. Don’t want to hijack your thread but are the Studio 2’s profoundly better?  
Tidal FLAC vs. Qobuz
So far no one has answered his question. And I’m not sure I know the answer but I don’t think you should be using Bluetooth at all regardless of streaming source. Via the BluOS app you control Qobuz or Tidal by selecting them within the app. And ...