Responses from dancub

Most recent speaker you audited in room and returned? Why did you return it?
Kef LS50 Meta Their "improvement" was in their tweeter.  I'm acoustically impaired above 2k. Pretty little things though...    
Equalizer in a Hi Fi system
Loki => Lokius => miniDSP SHD = FUN & PLEASURE Isn't that what it's all for? Actually it was Dirac I wanted to play with but all other stuff was huge fun.        
Is it worth it? DAC question
Ditto on the "no HDMI" connector. Not sure what you mean by "external dc adapter" , . . maybe the power wall wart for the DAC?  @soix is right, need to connect a USB cable 'tween the Node and DAC. @kennyc  also right. Even if current set up bree... 
Is it worth it? DAC question
Have Bluesound Node 2i and iFi ZEN One Signature DAC.  The ZEN sounds better (richer/fuller).    
Hearing aids for audiophiles.
Delightful conversation!  I've recently gone down two paths since I have significant high freq loss (3 audiology tests over 10 years) and decades of tinnitus.  1) an OTC hearing aid (Jabra) which works but is a bit of a black box in terms of heari... 
Favourite Guitarists
Didn't see Charlie Byrd or Laurindo Almeida.     
Its not vinyl
To add to my (surprising for me) non-verbose comment, I'm a product designer by trade, with decades in hi-tec R&D.  I love the mechanistic nature of analog, the look and feel of the stuff. Don't get much of that from my digital toys.  
Its not vinyl
Own 2 TTs and 3000+ records. Adore my digital server w/ Qobuz.  Analog - for the lovely sound & fun at garage sales, Goodwills & record stores. Digital - for "new to me" music exploration Update: own 2 systems in same room, one SS based... 
What are/were the best sounding cheap components you have ever had?
Rega Planar 2 - $19.00 - Goodwill in Los Gatos AR XA - $39.00 - Yard Sell in Exeter Bryston 3B SST - $1000 - Radio station going out of biz - Cape Cod Klipsch 600M - $200 - Seller's GF beat with chain - eBag Thiel .5 - $60 - Some guy on CL - Bosto... 
what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?
Aretha Franklin - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction  Holly Cole - Jersey Girl Willie Nelson - Stardust Judy Collins - Suzanne Mel Torme - Take the A Train Peggy Lee - Fever Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted, Caravan  
Your method for discovering great music.
Sure. It's a shorthand I use to describe movement somewhere on the web. This is based on using the free Bluesound app BlueOS, which I forgot to mention (sorry!). I'm betting there's Tidal or Spotify or Amazon have similar functionality. 1) It mea... 
Your method for discovering great music.
Used to buy random albums at Goodwill but with streaming, the 3000 or so vinyls I have are sitting fallow.  Now it's"   Radio Paradise => Qobuz => "Go to Artist" => "Similar Artists" and you're off on an adventure.    BTW, when I find s... 
Kef LS50s - great like me but need to come up for air
Replaced my KEF LS50s (only happy at louder end of things) with a pair of LRSs and a set of Klipsch RP-600M.  Both were refreshingly different and fun.  The Maggies need power (Bryston 4B SST) but the RP-600M is happy with a 2W Decware.  Now have ... 
Best Way To Maximize Preamp Tube Life?
Speaking of testers, can someone recommend a simple, cheap unit that I can use at home?  Just recently got several tube units (Schiit pre, Decware amp) and have a bunch of tubes from prior systems. 
BlueSound Stinks(!), anyone?
Node 2i here. Had a problem after one of their updates with my PC's app.  Sent them a help request. Their service responses were ASTOUNDINGLY GOOD.  I know, all caps but it really was as good as it gets.  Stayed with me until we found a workaround...