Responses from surfmuz

What say you binding posts or direct wire?
If wire made of gold or platinum it could work. Copper or silver will oxidised on air  shortly and contact will be compromised.   
Looking for a preamp with XLR connections
If you totally satisfied with your source signal quality, passive preamp could give you amazing results. Something like Bespoke Audio Company Reference.   
My experience with the First Watt F7
Interested experience. What I could agreed on for sure is the fact that to much instruments separation could be annoying and could lead to dismembered sound picture of musical peace.   
Something on top of a speaker=okay?
To effect the sound good way the dog has to be at least 30-50lb of weight:)))) in some setups heavy weights on top of the speakers could help fighting vibrations and stabilise the speakers. Probably it could be useful if the speakers are too light... 
Qobuz or Apple Music?
Do we have an option for dedicated reference Network Streamer supporting Apple Music out there !? R those two streaming services even comparable!? I use both. Qobuz for main system and Apple Music for mobile listening. I would give up Apple Music,... 
Analog vs. digital
Depends on level of comparable components. If the level of analog tract of your system is relatively same level with components of digital tract, theoretically the analog will win cause signal path is shorter and less dependable on all bunch of de... 
Michael Fremer leaves Analog Planet
@mijostyn +1 OP, trust your own ears.  Exodus 20:4 You shall not make for yourselves an idol….  
Up to $4000US tower speakers for Jazz and Classical Music
Dali Opticon 8 mk2 is stronger contender in your price range. Trusted name with science and innovative technology behind.   
New here and saying HI!
Welcome. Trust your own ears, don’t ignore science, however magic happens here too. Always be skeptical to statements of opinionated gurus and good luck to you.   
Ethernet - Analog/Digital Signal Clean Up
Amirm has interested review on EtherREGEN Switch with strong opinion on whole Ethernet Regeneration phenomenon, based on measurements and AB tests. 
New to streaming question
Do you use Naim control app on your phone? Cause using Chromecast is not exactly direct streaming. Chromecast is just another way of connection between your phone and streamer and if you using Chromecast the actual streamer in this case is your ph... 
Onkyo has filed for bankruptcy
TEAC, Pioneer, Esoteric and some other brands was distributed through Onkyo USA. Just wondering how this distribution will work now.   
Best Phono Stage
Aesthetix Rhea Signature Phono Stage is strong contender. Used would be in your price range.   
Tubes becoming hard to get?
I don’t think we have a reason to worry. Capitalism will gladly fill out any demand with replacement products, the only thing needed is demand and smell of profits.  Even more, the new tube technology is coming. Check it out: https://www.electr... 
Can a great system make a mediocre recording sound good?
Definitely yes, but better recording always will sound better. :)