Responses from mdalton

Measurement Bias
stereophile does it right.  reviewers don’t know the measurements until their review is complete.  keeps them on their toes.  if measurements show a clear flaw that should be relatively easy to hear, and they didn’t hear it, their credibility is s... 
15k for streamer and dac....how much on each?
if by “streamer” you just mean streamer, then I’d go no more than 10% on streamer.  ($7500 on a streamer is a complete waste of $.)  If you mean server and streamer, Maybe as much as, but no more than, 20-25%.  In the former case, there are also a... 
Starting a second system, need efficient speaker suggestions.
very cool resto/mod klipsch heresy’s in your price range at aural hifi (denver)….  
can you help me narrow my speaker cables short list please?
QED cables  
Streamer only
To the OP:  Beware those who try to shame you into spending a lot on a streamer simply because you've got a lot invested in other parts of your system.  The logic only holds if one believes there are material differences in the sound of streamers.... 
Streamer only
In addition to the budget examples already cited (e.g., RPi, Wiim), there are a bunch of well regarded products that cost between $400 and $1k.  They include the iFi Zen, the Volumio Rivo, Holo Red, Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra, the Primare Np5, a... 
The Emperor Has No Clothes!!
@wyoboy  Single malt is definitely the best room treatment in my experience.  Re windows, yes, I know there’s a lot of dogma out there on this, but my experience with my room has been very positive.  There’s a youtuber called “Acoustics Insider” ... 
My end game speaks.
and btw, am a Northwestern grad; go Cats!  
My end game speaks.
Excellent!  Axpona is a big show. so make sure you go on their website and plan for whatever amount of time you budget.  And do your research.  At my last show, I stumbled into a couple of brands I was not familiar with and was really impressed.     
My end game speaks.
+1 to all posters recommending you hear speakers before purchasing.  $40k is a lot of coin.  Do a 2-3 day trip to a city with several good dealers.  Or go to a show;  Axpona in Chicago is 2 weeks away.  Where do you live?  
Advice and recommendations needed for a turntable rig...
Feichert Volare?  A little above budget, but otherwise fits criteria of high mass design I think.  I have no experience of it personally, but very highly regarded by people I tend to find credible.  
Stuff You Tried To Love
@stuartk  indeed.  songs and people.  
Stuff You Tried To Love
@stuartk  Wow.  The purpose was simply to share with another member a piece of music I love, and to see if you might love it as well.  That’s all.  I’d be a little surprised if you didn’t, but wouldn’t judge you.  And of course it wouldn’t dimini... 
Stuff You Tried To Love
@stuartk  Please do me the following favor:  put on “Bye Bye Blackbird” from “Round About Midnight”, listen to it with fresh ears, and please let us know what you think.    
Garrard 301 - Project
@pindac @noromance @fsonicsmith  all interesting.  My only experience is of Woodsong plinths.  Didn’t realize, but apparently they combine birch ply, panzerholz, and slate, all in one design.  (search for an Art Dudley piece from June 2016 descri...