mgrif104

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Another equipment recommendation request for DAC with Pre Amp
I’d add the PS audio stellar DAC/preamp to your list. I have one (and matching amp) in a second system and am pleased with its performance and value. It checks all the boxes you’ve requested.  
Power Conditioners
+1 @nonoiseFar too many people here post based on belief, not on experience. Of course, i can understand that because I used to hold a similar belief.  It’s true that some of us live in noisier environments so they might benefit more from conditio... 
What power conditioner
@ericsch to my knowledge, i don’t  have more noise than others. I had also upgraded the wiring in my house. I do have a couple of refrigerators but none were on the circuit i use.  Best, 
What power conditioner
I have always had a conditioner in my system as a means to protect the gear.  Some pretty nice ones in fact.  I always assumed I wasn’t doing any harm to the sound.  I had previously auditioned some units hoping to improve the sound but had found ... 
All New NAD Master M33 Integrated Amp // GAME CHANGER ?..
@dave_b I’m curious with your NAD purchases - were they Masters series?  And, did you give them adequate break in (i.e. 400+ hours)?  There’s no question that some of their gear isn’t that great,  but it’s also true that some of the Masters series... 
DAC upgrade
I’m going to suggest a different route.  While I’m not familiar w/ the Jolida DAC, I suspect that the project transport might be a weaker link overall and I’d suggest demoing upgrades to that piece of the chain to see what your DAC might actually ... 
What are you streaming tonight?
Like Big Greg from a few days ago - I’m listening to Bruce Hornsby’s new release - nonsecure connection.  First time listening to it and I’m finding it quite good! 
Does It Even Matter?
There are many, many threads around related subjects.  If you’re interested in quality sound, sources make a huge difference.  Streaming can be better than your CD. Vinyl is a personal preference of course.  But, it’s nowhere near digital in, digi... 
Ok now I am frustrated with streaming
Streaming music, even high res files, doesn’t really require that much bandwidth - nothing near streaming video.  And, you’ve got pretty good speed, so I’m skeptical that’s where your problem is.  Are you sure it’s actually in your digital stream?... 
Looking for a front end streamer only.
+1 @surfmuzAs I noted above -  I own three streamers in different systems and have had the opportunity to compare them going into the same DAC using the same cabling.  The difference is quite significant. The better units offer more resolution whi... 
Looking for a front end streamer only.
I have the Auralic Aries G2.0 and can certainly recommend you consider the G2.1 based on my experience. I also have an Aurender N100H which the Auralic bests handily as well as a Node 2i (used as a streamer only - not the built in DAC) which isn’t... 
Stereophile complains it's readers are too informed.
+1 MillercarbonI gave up on that post and greatly appreciate your summary! 
Streamer Value Question Innous vs Bluesound
Ghjuvanni: you’re making a claim that the streamer doesn’t make a difference. Fine, but you’re also using 3 examples that are all relatively simple and are budget driven solutions - and unlikely to reveal differences.  As stated before, I found at... 
Streamer Value Question Innous vs Bluesound
Chorus,I have three streamers in different systems and have been able to do direct comparisons of each.  I have the Bluesound Node 2i, and Aurender N100H, and and Auralic Aries G2.  The Aurender is audibly  better than the Node 2i and the G2 is au... 
Streamer Value Question Innous vs Bluesound
I’m in danger of sounding like a broken record on this issue, but in my experience, the streamer/server is at least as important as the DAC and likely more so. I enjoyed a greater improvement in sound quality by improving the streamer than I did f...