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Does AC Power Cord to Linear Power Supply matter?
"Linear Power Supply is a noisy switcher that operates at 120Hz." This is key.The PC is a 2 way street, allowing noise from the power supply to flow back into the mains and corrupt your AC to other components in your system in a very negative way.... 
Cable Stress Relief
In fact, I utilize many of these in my system, not only for the previously stated reason, but as cable elevators to get them up off the carpet for sonic effect. The cylinders (3" diameter) can be made with stiff black construction paper (available... 
Cable Stress Relief
There is more reason to do so than just stress relief. Unsupported hanging cables are subject to vibration due to sound waves, and un-dampened cable vibration is transferred to the component with a very negative effect to SQ. Cables are best suppo... 
World's best Pre-amp for $10K and above?
World's best? That's a tall request. But, I suspect close would be the Ayre KXR and even better the newly updated KXR-Twenty. The KXR can be found used for about $10K- a bargain in my opinion. And, yes, I believe a great active preamp is an essent... 
power cables - not in the signal path?
Signal path or not, clean AC is key to great sound. My personal experience is that providing exceptionally clean AC to your equipment via the best conditioners and cables can result in improvements to SQ that are absolutely stunning, often greater... 
audiphile power cords
The entire line of Shunyata PC's are designed to reduce the travel of noise and RF which is present in almost every home, and is often created by the gear itself. The negative effect can be subtle or major. Which cable for what spot in your system... 
Your favorite musical non fatiguing speakers?
Although I am a dealer (only because I love them) the larger SoundLabs excel in this category- speakers for the rest of my life! 
SME 20/2 w SME V arm- Cartridge recommendations
I have had the same SME table/arm for 10 years and have enjoyed many carts: Sumiko Celebration, Koetsu Black and Rosewood Signature, and best of all, Dynavector XV-1s. 
Best music server for the money
Look at the Lumin. (www.luminmusic.com/‎) 
Do powercords make a difference? A Test.
Research and read everything you can find about how Caelin Gabriel of Shunyata Research has approached this subject. Here is an interview done by 6Moons: http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/caelin/caelin.html It seems the ability to analyze the... 
Sadly missed manufacturers
Henry Wolcott and his legendary Wolcott Presence 220 mono block EL34 tube amplifiers. There are still many of them in use today, particularly with Sound Lab electrostatic speakers, and the website is still up, but the company is no more. Henry, a ... 
What is going on
Don't know where you are getting your numbers, but IMO most of what really sells goes for about 50-60% of original MSRP. That's what I expect to pay, maybe a bit more if it's near new and vary much in demand, but otherwise 50%. I have bought and s... 
Best interconnects & speaker cable? I don't get it
My personal experience is that A/B tests often show little difference, but differences do become apparent with extended listening. 
Has education expanded your listening tastes?
Too many excellent posts to read them all. But, my simple answer is yes. My education in music for me started early with lessons on the violin from a master, but the lessons stopped all to early. Nonetheless, interest and education in music contin... 
Need advice on rich sounding cables
Looking for "rich sounding cables" is the wrong approach. If your system needs richness, look at your components, particularly your source. $4,000 can be better spent elsewhere, rahther than on cables! And, I have experienced wonderful 'rich sound...