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Would my system benefit from cable upgrades?
To answer your question yes the cables will make a difference. But a better path would be to sell the motion 40 then add your $2k-$3k to buy a better pair of speakers. Shop the used market.   if you’re really itching to upgrade cables you can try... 
Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference II vs. Absolute Copper IC's
@mclinnguy  @dalims4 Laughing at your posts….and Mr. van den Hul’s conclusion on copper vs. silver. He must be high on them brownies there….  
Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference II vs. Absolute Copper IC's
@stuartk sounds dark and the only change is the addition of Absolute Copper? Give it a day or so to settle with signal going thru cables 24/7. Who knows when was the last time these cables were used. They may benefit from couple of days of play b... 
Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference II vs. Absolute Copper IC's
I upgraded from AZ Matrix II to Absolute Copper. The Matrix II are awesome cables. Can’t call out any shortcomings until compared with the Absolute Copper. The Absolute Copper are more detailed than the Matrix with better texture and tighter bass... 
RCA interconnect recommendation
@stuartk comparing cables without EQ in the chain and without tweaking the sound with an EQ is less than ideal test?  I think you have it backwards.   
RCA interconnect recommendation
@stuartk how do the absolutes compare to silver ref so fat?  
Benchmark DAC3 vs. Denafrips Pontus II
@regismc  Thanks! Yes the XP-12 is awesome.  I’m running Rogue ST-100 tube amp and Martin Logan Montis speakers.    I don’t find the Benchmark DAC3 analytical at all. I find it full and dynamic sounding with just the right amount of detail. It r... 
ARC LS15 tube replacement suggestions
If you like the LS-15, before you do any work to it, seek out an LS-25. When I upgraded to LS-25 it was a huge step up from my infini caps version LS-15. Still regret selling it!  
Advice regarding streaming please.
Streamers make a difference. I used Mac Mini, AURALiC Aries G1 and Lumin U1 Mini. I prefer the sound of the Lumin. Hideous app though so plan on using Roon or Tidal Connect f you stream Tidal or I guess it may be semi usable with an iPad.  Use a g... 
ARC LS15 tube replacement suggestions
I owned LS-15 long time ago. Used it with McCormack DNA-225 amp. I remember liking the EH Gold Pin 6922 tubes in it. You can also try Gold Lion 6922. For new production tubes I recommend either Tube Depot or Upscale Audio. If you want to try NOS,... 
Benchmark DAC3 vs. Denafrips Pontus II
@regismc thanks for your reply! sounds like you’re running your DACs as preamps? if that’s the case then yes this isn’t Benchmark’s strength. I tried it and can confirm it’s just OK.  I run my DAC3 into Pass Labs XP-12 preamplifier via XLR. Muc... 
Patricia Barber Cafe Blue in 45rpm ONESTEP pressing
@jim5559 compared to?  
FINALLY-a cheapskates US cleaner?
   
Will I Hear A Difference?
@flasd I was asking about the phono pre used in the system with EAT table.  I’m with @ihcho on cartridge and phono pre upgrade. That’s where you’ll reap most benefits. Even a phono preamp upgrade alone will take it to a completely new level unles... 
Will I Hear A Difference?
What phono pre was used in that system?