Responses from tom_hankins

Synergistic UEF Blue v. Cerious Graphene Matrix Power v. Mad Scientist Audio Nitro Nano
Kubala Sosna Fascination works really great on my Node 2i and my Schiit Yggy. 
What Percentage Off Would You Expect to Discount For Open Box Amp with Blemish
Make an offer. Maybe they will take it. But don't take it personal if they don't. They don't have to discount, and they don't owe a discount on it. 
If you had to start all over again in this day and age
I'm good right where I am. 
Non Analytical Sounding DAC Upgrade- Budget $1,500 or less
Schitt Yggdrasil GS. 1600.00 new. Insanely good music maker. 
Koetsu Urushi opinions?
Thanks lewm. I owned the Rosewood Signature platinum some years ago, and enjoyed it. Not much info on the Urushi's  
Speaker recommendations 10 to 30k and no beryllium
You can get a new pair of YG Acoustics Vantage for at the top of your budget. Perfect fit for your room. 
thinking to buy Luxman M900u mono , what other similar amps should i look?
Tried/auditioned many. Audionet MAX monos have been hear a couple years now. Best I've had, and my favorite in there price range and above. Many reviews online. 
Looking for recommendations for a 'warm' sounding DAC
Schiit Yggdrasil,  Marantz 
Which cantilever to choose for re-tip
Stick with the Boron. 
Why are brick and mortar HiFi dealers so bad?
I'm in my 60's. Been to alot of stores and can only remember two out of all of them as being bad experiences.  
Which of these power cords ?
I've gone through a bunch of PC's from Signal cable Magic, Silver Ref., Digital, to several Wireworld from150.00 to over 500.00 each.Also DH Labs, Cardas, and others. By far the best have been the very costly Kubala-sosna Emotions, that I use now.... 
Recommendation for an audiophile speaker cord that is not "bright"?
Kubala-Sosna. Fascination, Expression, or Emotion line. 
What’s the most badass $2k amp I can get?
Parasound A21+ or A21 used 
Help me decide between these two turntable/cartridge combinations
Go with the EAT table/cartridge over the Rega. Not a big fan of the Ortofon but would still take it over the Rega cartridge.I replaced  a VPI HRX table with VPI 12.7 arm with the C-Sharp table and C-Note arm. Wasn't even close. Using an Airtight P... 
Any recommendations for aftermarket C-7 power cord for Bluesound Node 2i
Tried Audioquest, Pangea. Wireworld mini Stratus,  Wireworld mini Aurora and Signal Cable magic digital.The Signal cable and Wireworld Mini Aurora are both great match with the Node 2i. I kept the WW mini Aurora only because it was longer.