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Looking for a warm sweet speaker
@mckinneymike Are you in the North Dallas area? If so, I have a pair of Focal Utopia Be for sale. They will fit your budget nicely and leave you some surplus for other upgrades.  Feel free to come by and audition them if you’re interested.  
Which USB Cable to buy
A used Curious USB may worth a try. I used to own one and enjoyed it a lot  until I upgraded to the much more expensive Light Harmenic USB.   
Scansonic MB 3.5 review
No, Scansonic’s are not ‘affordable Raidho’s’. This Audiogon thread has some good discussions. https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/scansonic-mb-serie?highlight=Scansonic 
Fusion Audio new Magic power cables
@denon1 curious to know if you’re still using the Fudion Audio Magic poet cord? I’m shopping for a power cord and Fusion Audio pops on my radar screen.  
Opinions on best integrated under 10k?
@uberwaltzI wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hegel H300 or H360 for the prices you see on Agon now. The reviews on TAS and other magazines match my impression. But keep in mind that Hegel is still not Gryphon, Dartzeel or Vitus. That’s an honest fee... 
Opinions on best integrated under 10k?
I used to own Hegel H200 and heard both H300 and H360 at audio shows and dealers. Decent amp for the price. Didn’t try the onboard DAC but I used to own a Hegel HD25 DAC and loved the sound. For the prices I see on Agon now, I think it’s a no brai... 
Opinions on best integrated under 10k?
@uberwaltz Not really if you are open to used units. $10k is a pretty generous budget for used units. The listening experience from these ‘elite’ integrated is in a totally different league is all I can say. The challenge is not many of them show ... 
Opinions on best integrated under 10k?
I think the attached Agon thread will give you a pretty comprehensive list of the top-notched integrated amplifiers. Some of the amplifiers in that thread may be above your price range though. https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/upgrading-form-... 
Audio Art S-3SE interconnects
I changed ICs several times since then. Changed to the Silnote Morpheus II Series II then Synergistic Research Element Tungsten. Have been settled with SR for a while. Tried a few other brands but not long enough to comment.  
Analog integrated amp recommendation
@monkandmozart  New or used? What speakers do you use? Music preference?  
What Are You Powering Your Focal Utopias With?
@jo1mtb Vitus and other brands in the same league are all very capable. At the end of the day, it depends on your preference and system synergistic I believe. One thing I’ve noticed special about Vitus is its bass. Tight, deep, clean, fast but not... 
What Are You Powering Your Focal Utopias With?
I use Vitus RI100 for my Diva Utopia Be. They are smaller than your Utopias. Similar room size. 
Slight Hum From Rega Elicit R
The humming problem happened to my Hegel integrates before due to ‘dirty’ power. Bring your amp to a local dealer or frind’s house to see if the problems persists or not.  
Upgrading form Pass integrated amplifier to a better one
@jlaz tell us more about Boulder 865 while we’re waiting for denon1’s Diablo 300 update. Gryphon, Boulder and Vitus were on my short list when I was shopping for an integrated. I ended up with Vitus. Auditioned Diablo and 300. But never had a chan... 
Upgrading form Pass integrated amplifier to a better one
Denon1,I went theough a similar journey earlier this year and I think I understand the why’s behind your short list. In fact, you’ve shared the list of amps that you’ve auditioned along with your impression. What you’re looking for is a small grou...