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Keep an eye in the source FS thread. Usually something decent and cheap there. Be careful though. I just bought a Dac-19 that is not small, balanced or cheap. It just sorta happened. That happens in the FS threads sometimes.
Dang! You'll probably have a Lyr2, and I don't get to come to the meet this time. I'm still waiting for a chance to hear the Lyr2. I'll miss seeing you.
I'm pretty sure Apple TV streams lossy format of some sort. I use it in my speaker rig all the time though. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on an Audio-GD Dac19. It is huge (less than 1" smaller in all dimensions than my HA-1) and single ended (no biggie to me), but seems to check the other boxes.
My lovely wife had one and loved it. A fine family car. Driving it? My analogy stands…
"Pictures guy with a backpack with BIG self-retracting cord reel..."
I went for 1' long ones from monoprice. They look to be a good length.  They should allow a bit of flexibility on where I stack the amp and dac, and still be short enough if the dac and amp XLR's are right on top of each other.  Funny, I may now end up with an SE dac instead.  I am not worried about sound quality I likely will not be able to tell a difference between a good SE dac using the L. Carbon's splitter/inverter vs. a good balanced out dac.  Luckily, monoprice...
Regarding the science vs. art, objective vs. subjective debate.  The two really go hand in hand.  Analogies?  Sure!   Restaurants/chefs/food (I spent 10 years managing high end (and a couple of low end) restaurants) - A good chef has a good grasp of solid techniques and the science of food.  Every good chef also has a good grasp of what tastes good.  The science helps him get to good taste, but in the end, if it doesn't taste good and look good when prepared and plated,...
After a few high end stereo shows, and reading ANY of the audiophile rags, I balk at the label. GearSlut headphone and music aficionado I'll answer to though.
I have limited experience with Stax, but a (small, meet conditions) bit of time with 007,009 and a couple of others. The Ethers had me thinking Stax also. So did the HE1000. The Ethers sure impressed me.
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