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$35K to spend, how will you build a system?
I agree with ricred1 too ... always start with the speakers that are appropriate to the room size and fit your music taste.  Then find the matching power amp.   The rest gets easier after that.Cables would be 2nd to last.  Room treatment / racks /... 
Maze Audio and other audiophile power cords
I guess my question should be re-phrased as:  Are those Oyaide plugs without the laser hologram sticker just OEMs, or their authenticity is truly questionable?Thanks 
Vac 200 IQ vs Ayon orthosII
I found it surprising that some people still keep saying Ayon is from China. The fact is not entirely correct.Ayon is an Austrian company.  It’s top line models (CD2/CD3/CD5/S3/S5/Triton/Orthos/Crossfire/Sparks/Sunrise, etc) are all made in Austri... 
Audio Artistry CBT36K Line Array Speaker - Any listening and building experience
God bless all of you for the great information.I guess my math in original post is way off.  :-)I just noticed an stock CBT36 is now available at $6000 new, while a smaller, stock CBT24 could be had at less than $1500 shipped.Truly intriguing! 
Subwoofer for classical music listener
God bless some of you who described the short-coming of subwoofers perfectly.  I have my share of struggles with them for years.  My current preference is I would not consider to own a pair of speakers if they need subwoofers.   The cost of gettin... 
Are There Any Really Good $500 CD Players?
How about all those CD network players --- streams music / internet radio while capable of playing CD?   Tascam CD240's specification looks interesting ($400 MSRP).  Onkyo has one too about an hundred more.  I am not so sure if UPnP is a good cup ... 
Anyone has experience with Sheer Audio's 01A DHT preamp?
The setup ... iMac music server -> LogiTech Transporter -> dCS Purcell/Delius -> Sheer Audio DHT preamp -> either an DIY 46 tube SET or Ayon Triton or an DIY Cary 805 AE clone using 211 tube -> either Legend Mk II (pre Von Gaylord) ... 
Anyone has experience with Sheer Audio's 01A DHT preamp?
The 3rd generation of this preamp finally arrived after much wait, as the eBay seller Q/A the unit for me, making sure it has no hum, pristine cosmetics, etc, before shipping out to me.This isn't any formal review nor I am affiliated with Sheer Au... 
Anyone has experience with Sheer Audio's 01A DHT preamp?
Thanks winoguy17.  I pulled the trigger on that 01A DHT preamp this morning and will update on what I think about it.  Thanks again! 
Thought on OTL tube amps
Perhaps I should put my $0.02 here from an end-user perspective. I have owned at least seven (7) different OTL tube amps, some are big brands, some are DIYs from experienced (10+ yrs) tube amp hobbyists with extensive engineering experience.IMHO, ... 
Kora Amp and Preamp Repair
I know this is an old thread but the record must be set straight. I stand corrected about Kora'a reliability. Kora is actually very reliable and resilient if owner/serviceman use it right.SPECIFICALLY, ALL THOSE ISSUES WERE DUE TO THE WRONG TUBES ... 
Why do no audio enthusiasts use McIntosh?
I cannot a agree more with Ebm's comment. I had owned the vintage MC30 monos, MC225, MC240, MC250, MC275, MA230, MC2105, and the modern MC2275. I kept getting suckered to buy McIntosh because of the look and 'pride of ownership'.But my ears keep t... 
Audioquest King Cobra - Genuine or Fake
I would take AQ's claim of counterfeit with a gain of salt. I recall NBS tended to claim the cables not coming thru their own channel of resellers are all fake. They did that to me as well, when my system was using all NBS cables (several thousand... 
old Audioquest cables review
I used to own a lot of classic Audioquest cables. The version number 1, 2, 3 etc are different in number of wires inside The higher the #, the more material it uses. In some cases, it may also introduce the use of silver.Note that sometimes a lowe... 
Does anyone know how to reach Steve Lacrone
Are you sure you want to send your $$$ equipment there? My experience with Service Department is not something I could post on the internet anywhere without risking a lawsuit, if you know what I meant.:-)