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The Absolute Sound vs Pleasing Sound
Frog and I are on the same page.Biggest problem that I see is speakers. Do you want them to be 'neutral' transducers as much as possible or you also consider them 'instruments' as well ? Well, I would probably want to have two pairs of very differ... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
Gryphon Diablo 300 - best 'budget' integrated.D'Agostino Momentum - best integrated.Boulder separates - best sound in town. Incredible.I like Wilson Maxx speakers. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
I see. Thank you. Grand Utopia are thought by some to be among the very best speakers. VAC uses them too.  
If I wished to upgrade my cables, in which order would you place these in terms of impact?
Assuming that the rest is not junk already, I would do interconnect from the source and power cord for power amp first. If you use conditioner or regenerator then first power cord goes there.Speaker cables I would do last. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
#1 is clearly better. In #2 something was wrong.Boulders are such great amps. If I had them I would play a bit more with interconnects, speaker cables and power cords. Could be very time consuming but these amps are worth it.What speakers does Bou... 
SQ vs. Music
Then let the excellent be spoiled ! 
The Absolute Sound vs Pleasing Sound
Frog, how are you ?We always have an unamplified instrument with us - voice. If system doesn't reproduce voice reasonably well it is no good.Record your voice on tape and play it. Next step play an acoustic guitar, just strike a few accords, recor... 
Install Quality IEC input on Nak Dragon
Question is will it sound better ? 
DAC/w Volume control + Power amp or DAC + Integrated?
Some integrated amps have passive preamp section and some active. It is probably next to impossible to know which one, other things being about equal, will sound better. Maybe not better/worse but different. It might sound fuller with active pream... 
What makes speaker's sound big?
I wouldn't really. In fact, I advocate full range speakers without any subwoofers, but sometimes it is not practical in terms of cost, space, aesthetics.So yes, big speakers, big high current amps, big turntables, and the right cables. Then it wil... 
The Absolute Sound vs Pleasing Sound
Picasso couldn't paint, ridiculous.One day absolute sound might become achievable. In the mean time, I will keep moving in that direction as much as I can."Pleasing sound" is a totally different approach. I am not interested in it but I do underst... 
What makes speaker's sound big?
Two subwoofers not one. Agree with mid-bass response point.Yeah, no substitute for how it should be, either speakers or cars or whatever. 
Spendor D9.2 vs. Harbeth super hl5 plus xd + REL Stentor III vs. Spendor Classic 100?
Maybe the OP would actually prefer ProAc to all of those ?.. 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
Stage III Concept cables and power cords could be interesting. May not be easy to sell them later, though. Same with Echole brand. 
DAC/w Volume control + Power amp or DAC + Integrated?
Common wisdom is to put dac's volume on max and use preamp's volume control. But I have no experience with dacs in my main system.I have experience with analog source, tape deck with volume control.I compared playing deck directly into power amp a...