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Wilson to Tekton to ????
@secretguy Clearly the next logical step is Bose. LMAO  
Hegel H160 and Focal Electra 1008Be sounding bass-less
I think that the responders have given you some great info.  I don't know if it was mentioned but running in the speakers will help too.  Don't forget that the speakers that you demoed were likely fully run in.  Speaker placement is everything.  I... 
RIP Christine McVie
I miss the Songbird already.  When Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac one would think that Stevie and Christine would be rivals.  Christine was a class act and took Stevie under her wing (literally as they lived together) and mentored her.  I under... 
Flat Screen Television behind speakers
My experience is that that the TV is reflective and will smear the sound.  As others have mentioned a blanket over the TV is a good idea but I would recommend this:  Get a custom blanket with a picture of your significant other on it.  Bank the go... 
How much is about the recording
Good music is such a joyous experience when it's well recorded/engineered.  At the same time when good music like Eric Clapton's classic Layla is poorly recorded it makes me cringe.  Recording and engineering is such an art.  I would recommend an ... 
Anything close to Hegel H360 but smaller/lighter?
I have the big Hegel integrated and am very happy with it (excellent DAC).  You could look at an entry level unit like the Hegel 190 that will be smaller/lighter. Should have enough juice for stand mounted speakers.  Or you could look at something... 
Simaudio 400m / 860A vs PS Audio BHK250
I did an extensive audition of the Simaudio gear and thought it was excellent.  I ultimately went with Hegel, bang for the buck being the determining factor.  Very similar performance to my ear and though I haven't measured it, the running temp se... 
ETHERNET CABLES
Cat6 should do the job and I will also share something that improved the SQ in my system.   I had 2 Ethernet switches between my router and streamer and was running low $ Best Buy cables.  I got an entry level Ethernet cable from Audioquest and ... 
WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
@treynolds155   +1 for SVS inexpensive for what you get.  Ditto    
WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Supply chain problems taught me a lot about acoustics and sonic performance.   I just did a project converting an unused room to a 2 channel listening room.  Hegel integrated driving Focal towers.  Electronics were in place first then had to wai... 
Upgrade Internal DAC of Node or go with Atoll ST120.
Has anyone looked at the MiND 2 Network Player from Simaudio ($2400 USD)?  Quite a jump in price from the Node but I'm wondering if this step up would unlock the performance of a very good DAC.  
Cheapest way to enhance SQ with digital streaming
I haven't read the complete thread so forgive me if this has already been mentioned.   This didn't cost me a dime and really improved my SQ.  I'm streaming a Bluesound Node to a Hegel integrated.  There were two network switches (splitters) betw...