Responses from mbmi

Turntable recommendation
Just Don’t get the Ortofon Red..................spend the few bucks more and go for the Blue...Much better musically and detail wise.  
Perfect Vinyl Forever
My Record Doctor cleans my old Vinyl to perfection...You don’t need to spend a fortune on record cleaning machines...just $229......  
Poll: Most impactful component
I have the Audio Mirror R2R Tubed Ladder DAC.....$3500. Absolutely the most Musical DAC  I've heard.   
user poll on seperates vs integrated
Normally the DACS and phono preamps in an Integrated is inferior to a good quality separate piece...But there are integ. amps that defy that. see Steve Huffs review of the Aavik U-150.  
user poll on seperates vs integrated
You really want hi end sound.....Tube pre with a good Class D amp...The Audio-GD HE-1 XLR @ 4k is the best sounding pre that the Part Time Audiophile has Ever heard. the 10 tubes may be part of the reason. Also has its own regenerative power suppl... 
How rare is an audiophile
The definition of an Audiophile : Someone that's spending their time reading this Discussion.      
Poll: Most impactful component
A well known fact is that your preamp is the most important piece of equip. in your system.Upgrade to an Audio-GD tube pre and listen to how your whole system is upgarded.Speakers next.  
Downsizing: Separates>Integrated --PSAudio>Pass Labs
Get a Class D Integrated amp from Jeff Roland, Atmasphere , or the king daddy, Aavik. These 3 have it down. Tubey sound with power and detail. Spectacular.  
Is there a ceiling limit on what you are willing to pay for an audio component?
@mapman.....those are 2 of the best ( 20K speakers out there).....I was looking at those also But then I heard the 11K Borresen X3’s... I decided I had to have a pair of them..They have the Borresen sound with the fit and finish of a much more exp... 
Your audiophile chair
The back of the chair CANNOT be higher than your shoulders.......A comfortable swivel Barrel Chair is the best for optimal, unobstructed sound.  
Is there a ceiling limit on what you are willing to pay for an audio component?
Right NOW I'm listening to the best sounding Maggies in their entire line.....The LRS+ for a grand....with PeaCHTREE 400 wATT gAN 400 AND aUDIO-gd 10 TUBED PRE AMP he1- xlr....aUDIO mIRROR dac AND cec TRANSPORT ....Less than 20K and better than wh... 
"But it sounds better at night...."
Definitely sounds better at night because most of us don't "drink" during the day!  
Is there a ceiling limit on what you are willing to pay for an audio component?
Men have Hobbies....Boats , Cars , Guns , golf equipment , Etc...Etc.....Mine is 2 channel hi-fi......I think a $10K amp and $10 K speakers w/ $2500 in interconnects and cables...a $3500 DAC and a $2500 turntable w/ MC cart is going to get you 90%... 
Sharing SACDs
I havent found a way to play SACD's thru my SACD player and run the signal into a DAC and then to my integrated.....DACS don't seem to like the SACD signal.Does anyone know of a way you can use an external Mid Fi DAC with a sacd player...  
Don't sell your tube amps
@ghdprentice.....Correct, And , once you own an electric automobile...You just can't go back to owning a combustion engine...they will have Electrics going 500 miles soon and with thousands of new charging systems being added nationwide....it's on...