Responses from parker65310

Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
I have the Audiolab 6000CDT transport and am very happy with it. I’ve never had an issue with it scratching CDs.  
Old phones as streaming sources
Software based DACs in smartphones will always be inferior, but better than nothing in a house system, decent for headphones and for streaming in the car.  
Transport Recommendations
I really like my Audiolab 6000CDT transport and it’s quite inexpensive. I definitely recommend it.  
Why do I prefer R2R over Chip based DAC's?
@grinell why get a used MHDT when you can get a new Orchid for roughly $1,200 (what I spent a couple years ago)? I highly recommend it. Excellent DAC with a tube output stage.  
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
Tekton Moab’s fit the bill well.  
Is toeing speakers a bad idea?
Do whatever sounds best to YOUR ears, mostly based on the distance between your speakers and how far back you are listening to them. My speakers are very far apart, but the sofa isn’t as far back as it needs to be. So, I toed them in 1” and am ext... 
Tidal FLAC vs. Qobuz
@mojo771 I’ve being streaming FLAC files via BluOS for a few weeks now. Support came in their 4.0 software release. The FLAC files sound great. MQA competes, but I think overall the highest bit rate FLAC is better - better separation, soundstage, ... 
Class A, A/B vs Class D amp Soundstage
Easy. Call Cambridge Audio and talk to one of their experts. I’m sure they would helpful input.  
Should You Leave An External Power Supply On 24-7?
@jetter I am very happy with the Teddy Pardo LPS. I began my streaming journey with just the Node (gen 1) a few years ago. I then added an MHDT Orchid DAC (tube on the output stage) to bypass the Node’s internal DAC (using all Silnote Audio cablin... 
Should You Leave An External Power Supply On 24-7?
I also installed a Teddy Pardo with my Node about 2 weeks ago. I leave them both on all the time, but turn off all of my other components. The Teddy Pardo seems to draw very little power and doesn’t get hot anyway. I’ll continue to leave mine on a... 
Streamer question
Are any of you with Nodes actually able to stream Tidal FLAC files (“Max”)? The best I’m seeing is MQA, mostly CD. I’m assuming a BlueSound software update just hasn’t some out yet?   
Streamer question
@ curiousjim it’s says a lot about the value of my/your DAC/streamer setup, particularly the Teddy Pardo linear power supply, when you’re considering it would take $6-8k for a meaningful upgrade :).  
DACed and Confused here...
I have a BlueSound Node. Its internal DAC wasn’t up to my standard. So, not too long after I purchased it I bought an MHDT Orchid DAC for ~$1,200 (has an output stage tube) connected to the Node via a digital coax interconnect (Silnote Audio). I h... 
Streamer question
I’ve got the Node as well. I wouldn’t look at replacing it. First, get a solid external DAC. I use the MHDT Orchid (has an output stage tube). My next step is upgrading the Node’s internal switching power supply with a Teddy Pardo external linear ... 
Is it worth it? DAC question
I also recommend strongly considering the Teddy Pardo external linear power supply for the Node. The DAC on the Node is mediocre. The Node’s streamer is very good. It sound great with my MHDT Orchid DAC with both the digital coax (Node -> MHDT ...