Responses from gillsysb

The best speaker cables you’ve had
own, Gr Research 16 strand  
The Right Speaker Cables
I bought, and currently run 16 strand cables from GR Researech. A little bit on the large diameter side, but flexible, and feed through my Dynaudio Contour S 1.4 stands without any trouble. I have no desire to replace them. Length dependning, coul... 
Is it worth upgrading a CD player?
Depends on what you have for a player now. My current player is a Cary Audio CDP-1. Ive had it for maybe three years. I took home a Marantz CD60, and burned it in for 72 hours. I didn't like it. I don't know why, but it left me unsettled. Next cam... 
Balanced vs. Single Ended Interconnects
My Denefrips Ares ll feeds my Mac MA5300 via Zavfino XLR interconnects. I think they were around $130. I have no desire to look any further.  
Denafrips Ares ii
Mine is on 24/7 with the only exception, a loss of power. I can listen to it all day. My cd player feeds the dac via SPDIF, and the Zen Stream feeds the dac via usb. The output of the dac feeds my Mac via XLR. Love my ladder dac!  
My Ifi Zen Stream Review: 3D Soundstage!
After much chatter about linear power supplies, I finally bought one for my iFi Zen Stream.The LPS25VA arrived today. It's been on for a around three hours. It was a notable upgrade over the iFi wall wart. There is an improvement in instrument sep... 
Cayin A-200 Integrated Amplifier
A gent I used to buy audio from stated that the Cayin build quality was fabulous.  
What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
Dynaudio Contour S 1.4 w Dynaudio stands :)  
What are/were the best sounding cheap components you have ever had?
iFi Zen Stream What a killer Belles pre-amp I bought used $199 Home built jam kings based off Electro Voice SP12B BAM! NAD moving coil cartridge Grado G1+ Denefrips Ares ll DAC    
I have seen a lot of ideas concerning Cable lifters
Mine are 2x2x2 wooden cubes. Yes, they do make a difference "in my system". Yes, the difference is subtle. I reached out to GR Research before I made these. I was told the lifters should not hold a static charge, and that wood was a good choice.  
SQ difference XLR vs RCA ?
Anything that I purchase in the future will be fully balanced. I am that convinced. The answer to your question is "I don't think so".  
SQ difference XLR vs RCA ?
On the equipment I've owned (Hegel, Cary Audio, and McIntosh), XLR wins every time. They all were fully balanced. The differences were most definitely subtle, but noticeable.  
Different R2R DACs
In my previous post I forgot to mention that the Ares 2 Has ambience, and instrument decay the likes I never heard before.  
Different R2R DACs
I'm on day 10 with my continuously on Denafrips Ares 2. Cold, sterile, and brittle right out of then box. Started to warm up a bit after seven hours. I am very pleased with it. Background vocals are real nice, holographic at times (material depend... 
Cable recommandations
I'm running 16 strand speaker cables from GR Research. No desire to try anything else. Smooth, dynamic, and holographic with good material.