Responses from rlj

Help me pick a Dac
Have you considered the Border Patrol DAC.  
Help me pick a Dac
Can we assume you’re looking for a DAC with fully balanced outputs?  
You tube hifi influencers. Love them or hate them?
I listen to multiple reviews and put more weight on the reviewer who seems more reliable.    Consider this review of the Borrenson x3 speaker.   The absolute Sound reviewer says you have to “crank it up” to get the speaker to sound its best. ... 
Looking for integrated solid state amp for daily usage
For a desktop powering book shelf speakers I use the BlueSound Powernode   
can subwoofers make things worse?
I picked up on this linkj reading  Audiogon.   His argument is that subwoofers are inherently out of phase alignment with the speakers.     Its worth checking out. https://soundoctor.com/whitepapers/subs.htm  
What to ask when buying used speakers?
I prefer sealed enclosure speakers because of possible insect or rodent damage through the speaker port.     Also, more common brands where it is possible to get replacement parts.  
Happy Holidays to All
Merry Christmas      
Holiday Habits and Pleasures
I enjoy this Christmas music    https://peacefulcurrentsradio.com/pcc/    
She loves me she loves me not!
If the speaker port is on the front then the grills help prevent insects from crawling into the speakers.   I keep my grills on.  
The Hidden Gem at Capital Audio Fest (CAF) 2023!
CAF2023 most rooms had SPL turned up y to much for me to be comfortable for my tastes.  However one gem I stayed for a while was the new PMC prodigy 5 transmission line speaker.  
Recommendations for against the wall high efficiency speakers
consider... KLH Model 5 Speaker 3 way sealed enclosure sensitivity: 90.5 dB    https://www.erinsaudiocorner.com/loudspeakers/klh_model_5/ https://klhaudio.com/klh-speaker-reviews/  
What happened to all the highend stereo shops
I'm 71 and I live in the suburbs of Washington DC.   We had Audio Associates and Myer Emco -- both now just a memory.  We do have Deja Vu Audio in  VA suburbs. https://dejavu-audio.com/index.html and in Baltimore suburbs we have Just Audio http... 
Why are speaker stands so expensive?!
I use something like this.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/322933325356?hash=item4b30537e2c:g:Ax8AAOSwwKxbu5Fh&amdata=enc%3AAQAIAAAAwE7os%2F9NrvMxBj7%2FqbegKJC8JIGA2QuGq3qndkSjS6MfMGPlar5i1w%2Bk1jdfDUp8AIE8IerC6%2FREMZwqMx3yInekBvgwZo9uv5iH... 
Air conditioning for audiophiles.
I have the Mitsubishi split system and it is quiet enough for me to enjoy my music.  The following link is from PS Audio where Paul lambastes his LG mini split.   "What are the best air conditioners for music rooms?" https://youtu.be/2sV7Hqc5NNA  
Bang for the buck
In an apartment you'll probably want a speaker that can be backed against the wall.  Typically that would require a speaker that is either in a sealed enclosure or if it has a port the port is on the front of the speaker.      The Wharfedale Linto...