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The Genie grants you one wish, you can have any former audio item back...
Hahahaha! Over 50+ years of audiophilia, I still have everything I’ve ever bought, save for three pieces which I don’t want back.  
Pass Labs XA-25 on all the time?
Turn it off:It is expensive to leave it on. Nelson Pass says turn it off. The extra heat will prematurely damage all the electrolytic capacitorsYou could always email Nelson and ask. His email is out there. 
$3000 stand mounted speakers?
Harbeth P3ESR 
Wide baffle speakers are better than narrow
"I’m thinking of every thing from the wide-baffle Arnie Nudell Infinity and Genesis to the Sonus Faber Stradivari here."Even Arnie learned as he gained experience. Look at the baffle for the mid/high panels of the IRS Betas. Also look at the work ... 
Long unbalanced RCA or long USB cable?
USB cables either work, or they don’t. Analog cables, like unbalanced RCA, add more resistive and reactive loads as they get longer, thus slowly degrading the signal as length increases. Use your 15’ USB cable.  
Confession of a poor power cord pairing for a Pass Labs XA-25
The Pass Labs XA25 manual says if you replace the power cord, make sure it is good enough. This is Nelson's sly jab at after market power cords. 
Should Subwoofer Be Plugged Into Same Circuit?
It should be a law of audiophiles that everything should be plugged into one outlet. That is the best way to eliminate ground loops. And sometimes the only way. 
Classical Music for Aficionados
@jim204 your excellent PS Audio Direct Stream DAC buffers and then reclocks the digital data. Any jitter earlier in the stream will not make any difference. 
Classical Music for Aficionados
I had not even considered SSD, interesting that you say they have better sound quality. Music stored on and retrieved from an SSD will sound exactly the same as music stored on and retrieved from an HDD.  However, an SSD uses less electricity, an... 
Brave man, McGowan...
I've been thinking about this for a bit. Is PM claiming his power regenerators are not actually the best thing since sliced bread?? If what PMcG says about his power generators is true, there is no possible way a power cord going INTO a power gene... 
Are there any current high end dipole speakers (dynamic)?
Pure Audio Project.http://www.pureaudioproject.com/  
Jazz for aficionados
I am quite fond of Polarity by the Hoff Ensemble on 2L recordings. it is an incredibly fine recording, and the music is creative, aurally and intellectually enticing. 
how important is it to use crossovers when adding subwoofers to a system?
It depends on the speaker and the amplifier. Examples - If you’re using a low powered Class A amp on the speakers, it might be a good idea to use a crossover to create more head room for the amp. Or, if you are using small speakers that don’t go v... 
Classical Music for Aficionados
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Take TwoIt’s hard to put into words what a fantastic and creative talent this woman is.Mark Swed, classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times, wrote a very entertaining (and accurate) review:https://www.latimes.com/ent... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Take Two