Responses from electroslacker

Point of diminishing return for a DAC
I went with Benchmark for accuracy, neutrality and solid engineering, but I'm getting interested in Denafrips for musicality...not sure which models are significantly more musical than Aries2.  Any experience?Thx for Rendu tip. 
Are "streamers" the new "transports"?
I heard a noticable improvement in SQ when I moved from a Wadia 3200 transport using coax to DAC,  to ripped CD's on a Windows laptop feeding the DAC over USB.When you get to sourcing digital data from the Internet and sending it over USB to a DAC... 
Who needs a Preamp??
Technically, seldom needed, but a lot of music played through my Modwright 36.5 in the chain produces an emotional response in me that is kinda like the first bite of a hot fudge sunday...an "ahhh."  The 36.5 replaced the output attenuuator in a h... 
Do we really need anything greater than 24/96? Opinions?
I tend to think 16/44khz is a product of scientists who knew what they were doing, and hi-rez is usually the product of marketers who know how to spin a tale.  If the hi-rez purveyors are not sampling from analog tape, they'll likely selling refri... 
Maggie owners (past, present, future) what do (did) you love and or dislike about them?
I only had the MG 2a's, which I loved owning, but IMHO, Maggie's are speakers that often sound better at the store or at shows because their reasonable price makes them attractive to those who don't allocate the funds for the amps that they need. ... 
Amazon Launches Lossless "Hi-rez" HD Music Service
Same question.  Can I sit in the listening chair and use my Android tablet to control the laptop that is feeding data from this Amazon service to an external DAC?  (Like JRiver's JRemote) 
Tube Amps With Good Bass Qualities
VAC.  Years ago, I heard a pair of the early PA-90 monos producing prodigious, authoritarian bass from Apogee Stages, which didn't make a lot of sense, but made me a VAC believer.  PA-90'S can be had for around $2200 a pair. 
Here is an interesting artist that's new to me, and I wanted to share his music.
Saw Jon Batiste at the Village Vanguard and it was mind blowingly good. 
Sonist Concerto 4 Gen 2 Speaker
I just wanted to tidy up my previous comments on these Sonist speakers since the last thing  a small company needs is someone like me making knee-jerk comments about their products that turn out to be premature or unfounded.I questioned the wood f... 
looking for a tube preamps that doesn't sound like SS
I found the sound I was after with a Modwright 36.5 with a NOS GZ34 Mullard in the power supply.  
Sound quality issues streaming from Tidal vs CD
I have a PC to DAC over USB and using the DAC’s Window’s driver to drive the USB makes a huge difference, so whatever is driving your source-end USB could be the bottleneck.  
Preamp Question
The Benchmark HPA4  ($2995) or LPA4 ($2495) are claimed to be super-transparent, and they come with a 30-day trial.  Passive. 
Sonist Concerto 4 Gen 2 Speaker
@mpomerantz, I've had the Conceros 4's for a year and I'm still satisfied and enamored. No itch to trade.I haven't heard most of the speakers you list, but the Sonist should be more transparent that the Spendor.  To me, the Sonist cabinet (which i... 
After all, you're listening to the power supply.
@earthtones. Thanks for the tip.  I've only listened in the evening, but it has sounded consistently right each time.  I have a modest Furman conditioner fronting the DAC and linestage, but it would be interesting to try something like the PS Audi... 
After all, you're listening to the power supply.
kalali,  yes, with the caveat that I had also attenuated the signal coming in to the linestage, so one could argue I had been over-driving it before, but pops reply gives support that it was the Mullard GZ34 rectifier tube.  I had strapped the DAC...