Responses from ron_hartman

Does the streamer effect sound quality
The Bluesound streamers have gotten better over the years. I’ve had the Node 2, 2i and now the X, and each one has sounded better. Not sure how much better a $1k plus streamer would sound compared to the latest Node. Never did the power supply mod... 
Another Golden Ear test.
Don't locksmiths use microphones to do that? At least in the movies they do.  
Ohm for Sale
Sorry to hear that. I've been on the fence for more than a year about buying a pair. Not being able to audition has held me back a bit. I hope they continue in business until something is worked out.  
Unique perspective on Marantz PM10 characteristics
Interesting comparison. I would have expected the higher end component to be the more revealing. I have the PM10. Can't live with an amp that makes bad recordings really bad!  
Amazing Classical Guitarist
Thanks for you comments. Yes, most of all, her playing is beautiful.  
What settings for a Marantz SA-10?
An old post, but I wanted to reply to phillyb and his comment about turning down he headphone gain on the SA10. I gave that a try and the sound really did benefit. As if some noise had been filtered out. Going through the manual, Marantz actually ... 
"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects
I've been breaking in new pair Cardas interconnects for the last week. I don't really need to know why they change sound over that time period. But, Cardas is glad to provide one for those that need an explanation. 
Speaker cable
I remember decades ago buying spools of speaker cable at Radio Shack . One leg had a silver look. Strictly to identify + and - . Don't think it's any more than that.  
Can't Find Offer
An offer 10% under asking price sounds reasonable to me too. This ad said the cables are 35% off list price. So I took 35% off their suggested list price, and that was my offer that was rejected.  Maybe I will message them to see if they are taki... 
Can't Find Offer
Yes, on the listing page I clicked Make an Offer. It then took me to the page with my address where I put in the offer. I clicked Submit Offer. A window came up to confirm, which I did. Then nothing. Tried again this morning with the same offer. ... 
Should I use the dac in my node2i or the one in a marantz av7705?
I have the Node 2i. Mostly listen with the RCA output going into a Marantz PM-10 amp. I also have it connected to a Marantz SA-10 by a digital coax cable. The sound is pretty similar. The SA-10 DAC does seem to have a bit more detail and space.  ... 
Who will soon be going to a live concert?
We just saw Rhiannon Giddens last week. Proof of vaccination required (and checked). And it was an outdoor concert so we felt pretty safe. From her comments, it sounded like this was her first public performance in a long time. And her partner, Fr... 
What speaker do you passionately want to demo?
The Ohm Walsh Tall speakers. Some good reviews, but so unconventional in design. Really would like to hear them in person.  
Desktop DAC/Amp
I use the Blusound Powernode with a 2nd (bedroom) system. Gives you an amp, DAC and streamer in one small box. Sounds very nice with KEF speakers. 
Is D for Dry? Class D...
My Marantz PM10 sounds pretty good compared to the Luxman I had before. The Luxman was a bit warmer, but the Marantz has a more powerful bass, bigger, deeper soundstage, more revealing.