|i think the audio research, conrad johnson, rolamd, mcintosh, monster cable, esoteric, etc., are superseded in sound quality by many small independent companies which operate direct to the consumer.|
most of the comments praising components of different types seem to mention small companies, who do not have dealer networks. why ?
perhaps innovation with out marketing or other constraints enables creativity and thinking outside the box to flourish.
when i consider my own system, i own cables from small companies, digital components from a medium sized and well known company, and an amplifier from a well known company as well as another amp and preamp designed by a retired professor from canada.