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Just confused
Hi.  Good luck!  This is a difficult question.  Unfortunately in this forum every man and his dog has 'expert advice.'  Best wishes from New Zealand. 
Add an external DAC. Make my Oppo UDP-205 a true top player
dcaudioIt would be difficult to improve upon the 205.  I have one and it is approx equal to my W4S Dac (latest model- but sold).  It is however behind the Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro that I now have. All three of these run the latest ESS chip.  As a ... 
The 3 best of the best Audio (HiFi) Designers ?
1.  The head of the Technics team that designed the SL1200 turntable.2.  Mr Park of Allnic - how can you possibly create a SILENT phono stage with tubes?3.  The head of Ess.  Audiophiles the world over are in his debt.   
Phono for Ikeda 9TT LOMC
A bit late in the play, but anyway ... I have a 9TT and I struggled to get a phono stage.  Eventually, more out of luck than anything else, I hit on the LCR network type phonos.  So I sought out a Vida or an Allnic.  I currently run an Allnic 1500... 
These seem a bit pricey $$$
I think it is a good review.  Speakers that look plain need to be reviewed even more - if you judged by looks alone you would buy Spendor A4s.  One thing that good speakers do is to image well and that was Steve's first focus.  Would I buy them?  ... 
Speakers that can reveal orchestral instruments' positions
This is a subject close to my heart.  I obsess about soundstage.  My first point is a bit annoying but I have to say the source and the amplifiction are contributors.  As for speakers: in my opinion they contribute the most.  Here is my 'Profound ... 
I need advice for power cords
Dude, these are the basics. 1.  You need sufficient gauge. 2. Good quality termination (ie strong set-screw contact).  3 Decent materials.  Copper or silver (don't get distracted by 'nines' or other snake oil).  4.  They really should be flexible.... 
Tempo Electric 4N Silver Speaker Cables
A few years ago I bought silver wire from Tempo and 'rolled my own'.  It was on a par with Oyaide 910 silver interconnects.  Probably as much to the uber rca plugs I used. 
Help- audiophile husband just dies
JulieHello from New Zealand.  I have a perspective for you to consider.  We audio nuts love our gear and it is important to us.  When it comes time to sell - in this case you - it would would be nice if the gear goes to a good home.  I deal with r... 
Does raising speaker cables off the floor really make a big difference?
There are theoretical differences.  Audible?  I doubt it.  Dude, I am a criminal trial lawyer; I have a background of BS arguments of minutiae.  My answer is this :  Do not spend $. 
Which to Upgrade first? My Amplifier or Speakers?
NormanSpeakers for sure.  1.  Speakers make the most difference. 2.  2003 - 2019 is a bigger gap for speakers than for amps.  That is to say there have been vast improvements in speaker design, materials etc. (By the way, is refurbishment a possib... 
You've tried other amps and ended with Pass, please discuss
EricI bought a Pass X150.8 blind.  I had a good amp (ATC P1 - also a dual-mono).  The reason I bought it was that Pass have a good reputation and the price was right.  It has downsides - very heavy, takes a long time to warm up, and runs hot.  Sou... 
$1300-1500 DAC
Andrew, if you want a top dac then just hold out a bit more, or find a second hand example of this: Matrix Audio  X-Sabre.  I was previously using a top W4S dac and also the Oppo 205, but the Matrix Audio is better than both.  Another dac that I w... 
Do we really need anything greater than 24/96? Opinions?
I note your question relates only to bit rate and not bit depth.  My answer is that no we do not need anything above 96Khz.  In fact it may be slightly deleterious - increased processing power and disc space.  The main point is that there is no mu... 
Has anyone finally decided to sell their Turntable and Vinyl collection?
Dont regret selling TT but do regret selling LPs.  Now recovered and enjoying my SL1210.  Just found an Allnic 1500 phono: liquid gold.