@bigtwin Can I afford a Boulder, a single amp, yes. A stack of Boulder gear, no. Being able to afford one and wanting one are different. At one time I desired these uber expensive gear but I did a lot of listening, bought some semi-expensive gear, and later sold them. I now know what I like and the max cost to achieve that (around $65K including speakers). There are more expensive speakers that I would love to have but I can get similar happiness for less.
If I were to be given a Boulder amp for free or something with a smaller form factor, I would take the smaller amp because the Boulder gear is too big. It would annoy the crap out of me just looking at it. There are a lot of mega dollar gear that I would not want. I have heard a lot of them so I know what I would be missing.
This GAN1 amp I am getting I assume is certainly not going to cut it for my next speakers but what I am curious about is how good is this iteration of the digital GAN gear (Technics, Lyngdorf et al). I wanted to buy the Lyngdorf a few years ago but the amp section really disappointed me. I want to hear where we are with this digital tech today with the GAN1, which is actually more exciting for me to hear than the Boulder (call me crazy). Maybe the next more powerful GAN iteration (with volume and more inputs) will be something to consider.