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Advice needed on power cables, wall warts, conditioning, electrical outlet
I am currently using a PS Audio P20 and Audioquest Hurricane Power Cords.  Two things stick out to me compared to my previous power cords and no power conditioner.  #1  the noise level-this is not noise like hum or hiss but much more subtle-when i... 
Suggestions for an integrated upgrade please
At one point, I had a BAT VK3000.  I was a wonderful integrated and had a great soundstage and a magic to the sound that made it easy to listen to for hours.  I changed speakers and had to move to something with a bit more power otherwise I would ... 
Why I'm not adding a sub to my 2-way monitors for music
Using Rel s5 Sho subs with my Thiel 3.7s.  I would never go back to no subs.  There is a presence and expansion of the sound stage that I would very much miss.  That said, if you listen to chamber music or music without much lower frequency inform... 
Anybody use a single ended component with one that is balanced?
I have a single ended phone pre and use it with my Pass XP32.  Using the balanced output from the pass into my power amp.    
Magico A5, Wilson SabrinaX, or PS Audio FR30?
I would definitely plan a trip to Boulder to listen to the new PS Audio speakers. That’s what is on my calendar for Spring. I don’t know if they are mediocre, good or great but it looks like a lot of good engineering has gone into them and I am cu... 
Do I need a subwoofer?
Yes to the sub(s) they will add serious weight to your sound not to mention enlarging your sound stage.  I am a REL fan but there are other good ones.  Currently using the S/812.  Highly recommended.    
What are you using as a streamer? Constructive feedback please.
Just got a Lumin U1 Mini with the upgraded external SBooster power supply.  Wanted to see if streaming was for me  The external power supply is a must.  .So far pretty pleased.  Running it thru a PS Audio DSD with an Orchid AES/EBU Cable and using... 
Products you added to your system in 2021 that made most impact to your music enjoyment
Upgraded my preamp to a Pass XP-32.  Nice upgrade.  This is a wonderfully detailed and natural sounding SS pre.  Very, Very quiet.  Great sound stage and wonderful imaging both right and left and front and back.  My previous pre was a Cary SPL 05 ... 
DISCUSSION: "It only comes out at night". Does anyone else have this experience!?
Had this same experience, that is until I put in a dedicated 20 amp line and purchased a PS Audio P20.  Power conditioning is a must and it has to be with a product that has super low impedance.  The grid is super noisy.  I am not necessarily push... 
How do you know when a stereo sounds good?
Very simple- it should sound real.  There are times with great source material when my system sounds like I am at a live performance.  Not only does the performance sound like it is in the room but my room is no longer my room but the space the re... 
Dedicated 20 Amp Line for Audio
I ran 2 dedicated 20 amp lines with 10 ga wire from my breaker box.  Using some audiophile plugs.  The run is about 65 feet so opted for the larger guage wire.  If you can run dedicated lines, you won't be disappointed.    
Advice needed re: new CD player purchase
I would highly recommend PS Audio.  A used DSD DAC and a used Memory Player would probably fall close to your price range.  The DSD DAC is FPGA and is periodically upgraded for free by PS Audio.  This is a great combo.   
Advice needed re: new CD player purchase
I would highly recommend PS Audio.  A used DSD DAC and a used Memory Player would probably fall close to your price range.  The DSD DAC is FPGA and is periodically upgraded for free by PS Audio.  This is a great combo.   
Who Tried Power Conditioners Over The Years and No Longer Use Them Today, Any Why?
I have tried a few and ended up with a PS Audio P20.  It is a great power regenerator and I couldn't recommend it more highly.  It's low induction and large power resever totally eliminates any congested or compressed sound on loud and complexe mu... 
Tornado and Thunder Power Cables
I have Hurricanes throughout my system and can't say enough good things about them.