Responses from ron_hartman

Power Conditioner vs A/C cables
I've had difficulty hearing much difference between power cords. (Not so with interconnects, speaker cable). But when I bought an Audioquest Niagara 1200 conditioner, the difference was pretty obvious. Actually took me a while to adjust to the noi... 
All things being equal (hypothetical) which do you prefer, XLR or RCA?
Over the past year, I've had a couple of opportunities to compare RCA vs XLR interconnects of the same brand/model, length (1 meter). The XLR's definately sound better in my system. More open, solid image, detail. Connected between a Marantz SA-10... 
Anybody know where to score a copy of the 2016 Eli and the thirteenth Confession SACD?
Acoustic Sounds is showing in stock (limited).http://https//  
Oppo UDP-205 Op Amp, Linear Power Supply
I had my 205 modded by Ric Schultz of EVS. Make a noticeable difference, quieter, deeper sound stage. He did more than just the power supply.Now I'm interested in trying the Vibrapods! 
Who are your three favorite female singers?
Joan Osborne...and then some others:Bonnie RaittNora Jones 
Jazz is not Blues and Blues is not Jazz.......
Gee, there is only Delta Blues? All my years of listening to Chicago blues, and now I find out it's fake. No more Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush. And what about Piedmont blues, Sonny Terry - Brownie McGhee? And Texas blues, Johnnie ... 
Best sounding concert dvds
I really like Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival" videos. I have 3 different concert, 2 DVD and 1 BluRay and they all sound excellent. A good way to see a variety of top notch musicians. 
Damn, what a joy to have good College FM stations.
In Philadelphia, I've listened to WXPN (Penn) and WRTI (Temple U) for years. I'm now living an hour to the west of the city, so car reception is spotty. I do stream them at home. 
Your vote for greatest (covers) album
Already mentioned, but Joan Osbourne "How Sweet It Is" gets my vote. Her response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she goes back to 70's music, looking for healing. So many great tracks that Joan just makes her own. 
The Who's rock opera "TOMMY" Has there ever been a notable "VINYL REISSUE" ??
The SACD sounds really good.  
Best Rock Song Ever!
I always feel Free's "Fire and Water" has it all. Certainly the best rock male vocalist. And great, primal drumming.But Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile, Slight Return" guitar work took rock to a new place for me. 
Your vote for greatest (covers) album
@bdp24  Those MonaLisa twins sure are talented. And their videos are addictive! 
Cable management is the cheapest upgrade you can make!
I've recently been trying to clean up cables behind my equipment rack. Bought 4 of these on eBay. Seem well made for the low price.  Allowed me to get some cables off the floor. http://https// 
CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Players with RCA outputs
I've had 3 Oppo players. First was the 83SE, next the 95 and now the 205. Have only used the stereo analog RCA outputs. Btw, each new model sounded better than the previous. 
USB Cable for Node 2 - Type B
Thanks. Strange that a Type B connector can't be used on the streamer, as that seems to be such a common connection on audiophile USB cables.