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Has anybody had any reliability issues with VAC amplifiers?
Long time VAC family member here.  A few issues directly tied to tube failures that were quickly addressed at the factory with excellent communication and fast turnaround.  Those were in my older power amps that did not include the Sentry Circuit.... 
$5k-$6K DACs w Roon?
A preowned Ayre QX5/20 with all options should be in or below your indicated investment range.  Roon endpoint via Ethernet or WiFi, USB input, any digital connection you want. 
Audio Companies with Integrity??
Ayre - RyanVAC - Kevin HayesWolf Audio - Joe ParveyDynamic Sound Associates - Doug Hurlbut Origin Live - Mark Baker 
Speakers for Computer
I will also recommend the Vanatoo speakers. Outstanding value and excellent sound.  No additional sound cards needed just a decent USB cable.  I have both the “Zero” and the “One Encore”.  The Zero is used all over the house as it is very easy to ... 
Class D for a Tube Lover
Ralph Karsten is the owner and designer of Atmosphere OTL tube amplifiers as well as a frequent poster on this site.   
Analog upgrade path
The few references I have discovered on the VA-1400 confirm your description of the presence of both a moving magnet (MM) input and a moving coil (MC) input.  The MC input should be able to support the Hana SL.  Your other option would be a step u... 
Custom Phono interconnect build-out shops or vendors?
Origin Live has multiple options that most likely include what you want.  They have then options of RCA/XLR all the proper grounding along with the DIN direction options.  I have one of their Silver Hybrid RCA/right hand DIN cables I’m getting rea... 
Best Server To Run Roon Core
I believe you will find the NAS may be difficult to adequately spec to run Roon well. It will also depend on the size of your current digital library as to the level of server you will need to meet basic quality requirements for Roon.  Highly seco... 
Power Cord Order of importance
I agree with tvad but i was pretty surprised when i did some PC swaps on my server that there was improvement noted.  It was not with the most high end cord i tried with it that performed best but certain cords on the server definitely improved th... 
Stereo Times list of the " 2020 MOST WANTED COMPONENTS"
The Origin Live Gravity One works well in my system.  
Have you had these problems with Escrow.com
Escrow services are designed to hold a buyers payment in "escrow" until the item has arrived from the seller.  Once the item is received then the funds are dispersed to the seller.  Are you sure they are not doing exactly what they are supposed to... 
What did your system look like 30 years ago?
Optonica RP3636 turntable with Signet 5 cartridgeNAD 3020 Polk Monitor7bDiscwasher brush and ZerostatI still have the 45lb Optonica in its original box.  The pseudo granite plinth has survived a lot of moves.  Polks were in storage also until last... 
Schiit "Gumby" owner considering Ayre Codex -- advice?
I have not directly compared the two DACs but as a past Codex owner it is important in my experience to be able to run it with balanced cables and this is supported by Ayre.  Enjoyed the unit a lot with listening to classical (balanced into a VAC ... 
Preamp choices:Short list
Consider looking for a VAC preamp.  All previously made equipment is still fully supported by the factory and the quality and sound is exceptional. 
Have you re-visited analog, or did you never leave?
Still have my first album I bought in 1972 and it plays cleanly. My father and I built Dynakits and I listened to his jazz and classical albums while he taught me to care for them (have his vinyl on my collect now also). In 1978 after my original ...