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Cambridge CXN V2 or Innuos Pulse Mini?
A correction to my last post.  The video from Vinshine Audio is about an LPS upgrade that apparently is made neither by them/Denafrips or by Bluesound.  
Cambridge CXN V2 or Innuos Pulse Mini?
@macg19 I’m not familiar with the components you have, so I can’t really judge if the Node is actually the weakest link. But some Audiogoners and pro reviewers have compared the Node’s performance to much pricier streamers (the TAS review of the... 
Cambridge CXN V2 or Innuos Pulse Mini?
I have the Bluesound Node, the Cambridge Audio CXU  (a universal disc player with Wolfson DAC chips), and an Ares II. I haven’t done the research to compare the DAC of the CXN and the CXU. The DAC of the Node is comparable in SQ to that of my CXU... 
Favourite Guitarists
Keeping in mind the OP asked about "favourite guitarists," not "best" or "greatest," I came up with this list.  I've been a guitarist for 55 years, and these are the 10 guitarists I most enjoy listening to, if I haven't forgotten someone: Jeff Be... 
Best digital format (non streaming)
Now that I've heard SACDs played with their DSD resolution, I would rank the media as follows: SACD DVD or Blu-Ray HDCD CD This is based on playing them all through the same transport and DAC.  So, basically, the higher the resolution, the be... 
Digital is far better than vinyl
@lalitk  The record player in that video you shared is amazing!  It can make Howlin' Wolf sound just like Dave Brubeck!  
DH Labs
I recently replaced a Cable Solutions Canare LV-77S digital S/PIDF cable with a DH Labs D-750, and I think I heard an improvement right off the bat, even though the LV-77S had the benefit of several days of break-in.  The DH Labs was recommended b... 
Denafrips DAC decoding oddities
Thanks to both of you for your suggestions.  I have ordered a D.BOB. To clarify, I can hear a mild difference between an SACD and the CD of the same performance; I just haven't heard a significant-enough improvement for the one performance (a DG ... 
Streaming
I am a discriminating audiophile with pretty good hearing still, and I am quite happy with my $600 Bluesound Node, without using an external DAC and using wi-fi rather than an ethernet cable.  It was easy to set up the streaming, but you need to c... 
The Beatles Revolver
At the time of Revolver and before (and maybe even after) the Beatles mostly left the mixing to others. Even though I listened to the original stereo mixes for years, I mostly love Giles' remixes of the 1967-1968 material, and I bet the Beatles w... 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
@discnik  I second Peaceful World—classic ‘70s jazz from an unexpected source.   @rklune  Kites is now on YouTube, but perhaps nowhere else.  Interesting to hear how Jade Warrior evolved from psychedelic/progressive rock to more avant-garde mate... 
are we also coffee connoisseurs? Or wine enthusiasts?
I am particular about coffee--enough to grind the beans of carefully chosen brands. I am definitely a wine connoisseur, preferring California wines and being highly selective about them. But I don't rely on either of these for listening to music... 
Listening after your entire system was powered off cold for a week+
I leave my solid-state preamp on all the time.  The solid-state AB-class amps need 15 min. to sound right, and perhaps improve with more time on.   I would expect the system would need some time to warm up if the preamp were turned off, even if ju... 
Current Universal Players
@audiophileman  I love my Cambridge Audio CXU universal player, that's a few years old but no longer available.  It decodes HDCD.  They're probably hard to find, but I chose it over the pricier Oppo players.  The CXU also streams YouTube, which i... 
HDCD
My Cambridge Audio CXU plays SACD, Blu Ray, and HDCD.  But try to find one. I bought it after Oppo stopped making players, but chose it instead of the pricier Oppos based on its streaming Youtube and comments by some who had compared its sound to ...