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Curious to know your streaming and dac set up and the best recommended streamer under $15k
@dinov As markmuse pointed out, the U2 mini will rock your world. It is a huge upgrade over the previous Lumin models because of the new processing engine. I run my U2 mini with a LPS and I would wager it's an end game for streamer for most peopl... 
Lumin U2 Mini
@ryder If you modify it to run off LPS, there’s probably nothing that can touch it at its price point. It’s that good.  
Lumin U2 Mini
@thyname U2 mini is a huge leap over U1 mini. Granted, I’ve only run them with linear power supplies. I modified the units and disconnected the internal SMPS.  
What speaker cable made a major difference in the sound quality of your speakers??
@ehtoo You were way ahead in 2017. I have Actinote Sinfonia speaker cables and they are indeed "my done" cables.  
Network optimization for serious streamers
@debjit_g To clarify, what you said is what I meant to say. Vertere HB ethernet reduces noise and is analog sounding. Very transparent speaker cables will reveal any noise in your system or streaming setup. I personally find there are many plac... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
@lalitk I’ve tried many ethernet cables. Pink Faun, Audience Hidden Treasure, Shunyata Alpha, Entreq, Network Acoustics Muon, and others. Vertere HB is a very analog sounding ethernet cable and is in a league of its own. It has less harshness/abr... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
@thieliste Vertere HB is out of this world if you can get it to mesh with your analog cables.  It does things no other ethernet cable I’ve tried can do.  
Quantum Science Audio Thread
@grannyring I have the Ultimate Premier. It was the only fuse I tried that didn’t sound hollow. It has a depth, or roundness to it.  
Ideon DAC's
@singere Lumin U1 mini (modified to run on a linear power supply)  
Ideon DAC's
@badgerdms We are living parallel audio lives. I had the same exact experience as you. The Merason DAC1 has not been taken off its perch on my rack since its arrival.  
Quantum Science Audio Thread
@grannyring Yes, I did let the Purple fuse burn in. I've been happily running Beeswax fuse for a while now. I tried the stock fuse again and it was big step down from Beeswax.  
Network Switches
@cleeds I won't speculate why, but in terms of musical enjoyment, I would agree 60% is about right. The switch seems to remove all the digital harshness and nasties so that there is a lot less listener fatigue.  
Network Switches
I saw this testimonial on the totaldac for their switch: "Many enthusiasts think that the sound of a digital player is not as good as a CD player. That's because your digital player system can only exert less than 60% of its performance without a... 
Best DACs under $7,000.00
Merason DAC1 connects you to music. It’s just remarkable and oh so musical. I still find myself shaking my head in disbelief.  
Network Switches
@lalitk I don't like to disparage other products on here, but the other switch was above $2k.  It was jaw dropping what it did for streaming, but it wasn't my cup of tea.  Anyone who claims switches can't affect the sound, they just haven't had ...