Responses from kellyp

Ready For Digital Source...Computer?
I did it.  You can buy a music server, but you won't hear the difference if you do it right. 1. Get a cheap scope for $200 and see and measure the noise. It will pay for itself and you'll learn something.  2. You have to replace your SMPS with ... 
Great song to test bass
Try this.  Nuclear test Upshop Knowhold Test "Annie" at Atomcentral.com if still posted. Recorded at a distance of 5 miles The crack of the shock wave is the suprise. Real time modern audio, no comments.  Shock wave will test your tweeters, then... 
Tiny bridges everywhere, but why?
If you hear a difference using cable elevators, your cable has significant electrical or mechanical problems.This is solved within industries by cable replacement. 
Cornwall IV and subwoofers
I have a pair of Klipsch corner horns, just the bass section.  The go to about 40 Hz and at 106 dB/1w are effective for most listening.  I would not add a sub, but built one anyway.  I call the Klipsch "subs" because that seems to be the vernacula... 
Which DAC is better?
You are splitting hairs and spending a lot of money over DACs, when you are actually hearing the pre-/post-filter.  Unless the DAC is really bad. Try swapping that (if possible) and hear the true difference. Cheers.   
No.But there is a remedy for that. 
How long do good speakers last?
Check the wiring.  PVC is a commonly used jacket material. It continues to outgas over decades and the chloride oxides copper.   
Power Cord & SPDIF Coaxial Recommendations For Audiomeca Mephisto CD Transport
Nice player, but if you find power and coax cord differences you have a problem. 
Advise for new speakers for my basement exercise room
For better acoustics in a room like that, you might want to turn your speakers around backwards. 
Owning the speakers you dreamed of 20 years ago
Still using cones and coils?  Uh huh.  What year is this? 
How important is the pre-amp?
Since you can drive your power amps directly, the preamp is only a buffer and input switch.  Therefore it can only degrade the sound.However it is an opportunity to make the sound as colorful as you like. I guess people like that, and some like it... 
Adding a Turntable Mat
To get your VTA right you need a high power microscope.  take the cartridge off and measure the stylus to the cantilever angle.  Then remount it and measure the cantilever to the record angle because the stylus is too small, it can't be done accur... 
System building; a meditation
Signal integrity.   
Need help buying new speaker cable
Knowitall10   You may not notice the difference in cables with a Triton one R tower due to their wild impedance response. Too much signal obscurity using coil speakers and passive crossovers.  Certainly no difference with anything higher than 3N p... 
How are most audiophiles going from streamers to DACS
Agree with reclocking.  The transmitter and receiver are your limitation, therefore avoid bandwidth limited optical and go USB, possibly coax. Coax is TEM00 and USB is twisted pair, at least it better be.  But this is digital so the cable bandwidt...