Responses from janehamble

Chord Qutest
Completely reliable.  Absolutely get an aftermarket PS such as SBooster and steer clear of the USB input.  Toslink is my preference.  These two factors transform the Qutest.  
Has anyone compared a Douk DDC to the MATRIX Audio X-SPDIF 2?
I've been using the Douk Audio U2 Pro model for the past few weeks, to connect my OpticalRendu to my Chord Qutest by its optical input instead of USB.  It's provided a fantastic improvement and would have been well worth it at 10X its actual price... 
The Belles Aria Signature Integrated Amplifier
@cd45123 I replaced my Rega Elex-R with a Belles Aria about 3 years ago. Once the Belles has bedded in I was completely  satisfied it was a decent upgrade, especially in terms of refinement. The Rega was fine for the money, but I clearly prefer th... 
A Very Useful New Discovery--EON Digital Filter from Network Acoustics
Everyone knows that guy ‘Amir’ knows zero about audio. He’s made a living peddling his crap to useful idiots like this fella @djones51, who in turn trots it out on a daily basis here, there and everywhere. Apologies to the manufacturer for putting... 
Best linear PSU under $1000?
CI Audio has worked very well for me. 
Gryphon Diablo 250 vs Hegel390
@thieliste makes me laugh. What planet are these people on? Only two possibilities...1) yes the Lear jet is waiting. 2) very, very limited range of interests in life.That’s it.  
IsoAcoustic Gaia III with Focal Sopra 2
I just fitted Gaia 111's to my Kudos Super 20's.  The installation could not have been easier, replacing the high quality spikes originally supplied with the speakers.For a total cost of $400, this is easily the best value upgrade in sound quality... 
Looking for a sub $2K integrated to pair with the Focal Aria 936 or 906.
Belles Aria.  Even the name matches your speakers . 
What has been your costliest mistake in this hobby?
@cd318 thanks for your sympathetic words.  You're correct that these expensive components are extremely vulnerable on my particular speakers.  Tiny protective grills for the tweeters would be helpful.  After my expensive accident, I've taken to us... 
What has been your costliest mistake in this hobby?
Last year I moved house.  For months after the move I couldn't understand why my sound quality was apparently worse than before.  I blamed the acoustics of my new room.  Only when doing some REW testing did it come to light that both my Seas tweet... 
Anybody want a laugh?
After 6 months of thinking about it and reading both sides of the debate, I decided to take the plunge and received my Etherregen yesterday. My philosophy about these things...if I need to ’blind test’ or switch the product in and out of my system... 
Inexpensive DAC: Schiit Modi 3 or Topping D30
I had a Topping D90 - which gets fantastic test measurements and uses the latest AK4499 chip. However I didn’t like the sound in my system so I sent it back. I suspect the Modi 3 will sound nicer than the Topping E30, whatever chip they are using,... 
Audioquest thunder vs tornado HC powercords
I have a Hurricane, Tornado and Blizzard.  Tornado is probably the sweet spot in my experience.  
Audioquest Robin Hood Zero
Stepped up to Robin Hoods from GO-4's last year - admittedly a wider jump than the OP is considering - but this was one of the most instantly, clearly audible upgrades I've ever made to my system. I was literally laughing at the difference.  Highl...