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5 steps in developing hearing
Interesting Level descriptions, to me they make sense.  I think I just transitioned to level 4 after upgrading my Lampizator GoldenGate to GG3 with the new Engine11P, volume control and USB.  The new USB  requires a USB cable with a 5 volt leg.  ... 
Back to the DAC
USA It is my old work email, I am re tired.  
Back to the DAC
@navyachts  Tubeous nervosa is normal.  Like a cold plunge it seems scary but once you do it you know the Why and it makes sense.   Like you I have had a W4S 2.2 SE, it was better than a Yggdrasil but not better than a Terminator or Terminator P... 
Why do I prefer R2R over Chip based DAC's?
I've had a few R2R DACs Schitt and Denafrips and a few Delta Sigma W4S and Lampizator.  I found the R2R vs Delta Sigma was less important than cost for sound quality. I preferred the more expensive W4s to the Schitt and the more expensive Lampiza... 
*DAC
If you want nuance it starts with noise and jitter. stock cables won’t cut it.  Blue jean cables won’t cut it.  There are no cheap cables that perform as well as good cables.  AV noise reduction is a must.  Then some kind of grounding box. Then y... 
Tidal or Qobuz
I completely disagree with Jay.  But I like his wall of speakers. To my ears there is an obvious difference streaming thru an Innuos Nextgen Statement and the InnuOS Sense app.  Qobuz is much closer to ripped files and is richer and more detaile... 
Desire to try tubes
Check out the Decware CSP3.  It is an excellent pre amp.  It has gain adjustment for the input and output tubes allowing something Decware calls gain-riding.  It changes the character (tubiness) without having to have a lot of tubes.  I had one an... 
How easily can you distinguish between different DACs?
Have you had your hearing checked by an audiologist.  I know I have hearing loss and have an appointment next week.  Still I can readily hear differenced in DACs. I have found the more I invest in AC and electrical noise control the easier it is ... 
Getting 2 subs
I have 2 REL subs, big difference with 2 vs 1.  I also use their wireless connection, I love not having to run speaker cables to the far corners of the room.  
Does an upgrade make sense?
I would start with noise/jitter management. Something like a Puritan 156 for the electrical noise. At least one audio ethernet switch (I use 3)  Adding an ethernet filter like the Network Acoustics, or using an ethernet cable with a filter like... 
Denafrips FPGA Firmware Update
@liangx5  Glad to hear you ended up better than you started with the new firmware and Iris 12th with I2S. I sold my TP and Iris due to the conflict between the two and because I had purchased another DAC.  I recently purchased another DDC and am ... 
WiFi Streaming Versus An Ethernet Cable Connection
To get Audiophile streaming you need an audiophile network.  Two switches each with good LPS and Ethernet cables.  A filter like ENO I will make things better. Something like a Switch8 to an EtherRegen- using the Moat would be a place to start. ... 
Are higher end preamps worth the investment when you are only streaming Tidal & Spotify ?
I agree with your thinking.  I have an  Allnic L-8000 DHT pre it is amazing.  I also have a Lampizator Golden Gate DAC with DHT analog output and volume control.  I stream Qobuz via an Innuos Statement using the InnuOS Sense App.  Its much better ... 
Balanced/Differential tube preamplifier recommendation?
You might find an Allnic L3000 in that price range. Allnic is holographic transformer balanced and has a remote  
About ready to give up on Roon and my streamer
I gave up on Roon, its a great library but sound wise not so good. Look at the Innuos Pulse mini- https://innuos.com/pulse-mini/ Streams Qobuz perfectly, the Innuos Sense app is a reasonable library but sounds leagues better than Roon. There is...