Responses from nnicot

Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
Audio Note Meishu, without a doubt. I ditched the merry-go-round, the last iteration of which was Revel/Bat/Rowland, and went all Audio Note and have never looked back. It's been 6 years of Audio Note and I haven't even had the urge to upgrade! 
Is There any Truly "High End" Integrated Amp?
I own and love the Audio Note Meishu Signature amp, retail somewhere north of $10k. It's one of the best amps I've heard, and certainly the best amp i've owned. 
Poth Audio cables
I'll second Whoopadeedoo's experiences with these cables. Though my experience with other branded cables (especially power cables) is far more limited, the Poth Green IC's and Scary Speaker cable have done an admirable job of, as described, provid... 
Equipment that has made you 'stop' looking?
All Audio Note system, from cd transport to the speakers. I've never heard a system that sounded more "natural" and effortless... I think I'm done for a long time. 
Solid state amplifier $2K Used or New
Just my two cents...you'd be hard-pressed to find a more musical amp than the bat vk-200 for around this price used. Has all the tube-like liquidity with the bass weight and precision associated with solid state. Good luck! 
SACD Audio Equipment
Based on your other components I think a good fit would be the Marantz SA-1 player. Though it's a bit expensive I think it clearly beats out the SCD-1 and 777ES on both redbook and SACD playback. It's a pretty impressive unit. 
Sony 9000ES DVD owners, Help me Please
The only brand of cdr's i've tried on my 9000ES are Sony cdr's, and for me, they work PERFECTLY. :) I love this unit, was using an MSB Link 3 w/upsampling but now I feel as if I don't even need it anymore because the redbook playback is pretty dar... 
Any feedback on BAT VK200
I'm currently using the Bat vk200 with Bat vk-40 (w/six-pack option) into some eggleston fontaine speakers. All I can say the Bat combo is extremely musical, and is detailed without being analytical. Build quality is top-notch. It actually sounds ... 
Best West Los Angeles Audiophile Shops?
Personally, I love going to Ambrosia in Bel Air. Great service, great staff. 
Best 5 channel amp in a single chassis
theta dreadnaught or the jeff rowland 6-channel 
Best wires for cost
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Harmonic Tech cables which can be had in the 200-300 range used on this site. I'm currently using ProSilway MK2 XLR's and the Pro-11 speaker cable, and both have made huge differences in the sound over simila... 
The BEST system you've ever built !!!!
Well, I thought I might as well toss my hat into the ring as well. I've only been addicted to this hobby for 3 years (I'm 23), so my experience is extremely limited. On my paltry student budget I've managed to scrape together what is now my second... 
Best Subwoofer for around $1500.00
I agree...REL Strate III is the best sounding subwoofer in this price range. Never draws any attention to itself and just provides pure, clean bass that integrates seamlessly with my Eggleston Fontaines. 
Speakers: all-time worst
You guys should hop on over to audioreview's site and read "Jimmy"'s 4/30/00 incredibly insightful Bose 901 review :) 
Hum in the system
I'm currently having a bit of a hum problem myself. I was originally using a Denon 2700 receiver to power my speakers but after adding a proceed amp2 the speakers started humming. Would using the balanced inputs on the amp help the problem at all?