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Sonus Faber Amati G5 vs Lilium
Great information, thanks!  
Sonus Faber Amati G5 vs Lilium
Very helpful, thanks!  
Sonus Faber Amati G5 vs Lilium
*…and NOT an incremental one”. Sorry for the typo.  
Mcintosh MC500 Amp upgrade?
@skydog25  I upgraded from the 8900 to a pair of 611’s and it was a dramatic improvement.  I can’t compare the 500 to the 8900, but am guessing you would see an even bigger improvement from the newer tech.      
Upgrade from Innuos Zen Mini Mkiii to Innuos Pulse
I moved up to the Pulse from the Zen mk3 and find it a noticeable improvement in SQ.  I use the Sense app.  You do lose the disc ripper functionality, but it was worth the trade-off to me.  My system is streaming only, so improving the front end i... 
MSB Director: Two thumbs up!
Am not at home, but my recollection is Quad Rate USB both before and after.  
Stenheim Alumine 3 vs. Sonus Faber Amati G5
Thanks, this is very helpful!  
Stenheim Alumine 3 vs. Sonus Faber Amati G5
Thanks!  How do you like the Amati’s soundstage?    
MSB Discrete vs Premier
My experience:  moved from The Discrete to the Premiere, and then added the Director.  Each move was significant, and not incremental.  Adding the Director was as much of an improvement as going from the Discrete to the Premiere.  Not cheap by any... 
MSB Discrete DAC - Roon endpoint Renderer vs Lumin Streamer
@chauncey   No, the Zen streamers can only rip regular CD’s.  My source is 100% streaming, so this was not an issue for me. I can’t comment on what’s under the hood of the Mk3 vs. the m2 Mac mini, and have not heard the Mac mini.  You have a goo... 
MSB Discrete DAC - Roon endpoint Renderer vs Lumin Streamer
I used the Innuos Zen mkiii streamer with the Discrete with excellent results.    
REL six pack questions
REL six pack questions
I can’t speak to your technical questions, but I can give you my low-tech experience with my own Rel stacks (3 S 501’s on each side).  I set up the stacks and then tuned each by ear, starting with the floor and moving up to the top, one at a time,... 
Streaming Services
My experience with Tidal, Qobuz, and Amazon HD is that they are equal in SQ.  I agree with the comments above that your DAC and Streamer need to be in the same league as all your other components.  Your choice of streamer may dictate your choice o... 
Mac MA 12000 integrated amp vs. Mac separates?
Congratulations—great choice!