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 I was thinking the same thing (depending on the age of the kids, obviously). Those are stunning, as usual for Wizard design. Enjoy!    I have the same cable on a pair of CIEMs from a different brand. I love it, but after many months of use it seems to have failed on one side. Intermittent drop outs. No idea if that's indicative of reliability issues on their end, or just bad luck. Hope things go better for you. 
  Thank you. I ask because I recall that particular player having some odd behavior in terms of output stage. The RCA output is a typical 2 Volts, but the XLR is also 2V rather than the customary 4V (or double whatever the single-ended RCA outs are). This tells me Sony did something weird there and it is not a "true" balanced output stage. I seem to recall they took the balanced signal, converted to single-ended, added some buffer stage, then converted back to balanced for...
Jeff,   Quick question - are you connecting the XA5400ES via RCA cables or XLR? 
Wow, killer system! I've heard this chain and I agree it would be very difficult to beat for a sane amount of money.
There seems to be a nice review posted at InnerFidelity today. Something about a Noble product or two. Check it out if you have a moment.....
Orastream is a bit strange compared to Spotify or Rdio or others. But a subscription to their Classical HD service is very affordable and has lots of excellent music, including some in 24/96 or higher resolution. Their Dance HD service is not as good imho but still worthwhile if you like that style.
Hey, good for you - the Antipodes was not a good match, doesn't discount other models from potentially being perfect for your needs. I know I really enjoy several of the devices I've tried, but certainly not all of them.    And yes, I do think it's smart to buy from companies with a similar philosophy to your own. If you are a rabid cable fan, it's kind of insulting to buy from someone like Anedio who basically says "cables don't matter". And likewise for the other way...
  It sure seems CD quality to me. I don't have Qobuz here but OraStream (premium, with subscription) should be equally lossless. I don't notice any issues even when using a highly resolving Stax rig.  The iPad accepts the stream and forwards it to the X100L over WiFi - in theory it's the same bits, just taking a slightly less direct path and being transcoded to Apple Lossless as part of the AirPlay protocol. I suppose if you think FLAC and WAV and Apple Lossless all sound...
Some people take it much farther and would say the Vega is absurd, since a cheap ODAC is "equally transparent". I don't make this stuff up.
If by high res streaming you mean CD quality lossless streaming, then one approach is airplay. The Aurender for example can handle airplay now, and I use it often for OraStream Classical which has plenty of great lossless albums. You are more likely to find airplay on a streaming device than specific support for Tidal, Qobuz, etc, though I imagine more support for those will eventually pop up.
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