Responses from vonhelmholtz

Tradeoffs of external phono stages?
I have a Modulus 3 from 20 years back and a while back I was curious to see if they were still in business. They are in business and will upgrade the 3 to m.c. and you can trade in an old 3 for a 3b. Not suggesting that you do this, but the Audibl... 
Hearing aids
I use the 10K tone control to compensate for my 40db down at higher frequencies. Any negative resulting from a tone control goes unnoticed.  Perhaps, there is a slight change in soundstage.  
Integrated Amplifier for Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution
Your question is also dependent on your preferences. I approached purchasing a system by first buying an integrated amplifier. At the time, I wanted the simplicity of an integrated. The McIntosh MA12000 had just been released to positive reviews, ... 
TV size for Sonos arc
It seems to me that if you are going to a fancy soundbar, you have already compromised your sourround sound, so I would just make sure that the 85” TV is the best OLED out there.  For me, the larger size and great black levels make the movie exper... 
Time To Upgrade My Digital Front End
“Many here mention the likes of Aurender, Auralic, Innous, and a few smaller, boutique companies as well. Most of these are a bit over my budget though” I need to sell my Roon NUC. I purchased a used Aurender from a member and now dealer. Look... 
Resolving CD Transports Crowd Sourcing
Another usual suspect here.  
Best Full-Function Preamplifier
If you want the best, isn’t it better to go with a line stage and outboard phono preamplifier?  Mike, or Ralph could probably fill you in further on the Atma-Sphere mentioned above.  Perhaps, the Atma-Sphere is the exception.  
Bought a system without auditioning, thoughts?
The Forte IV has many wonderful reviews and seems to deliver a good bit at this price point. I don’t dislike Klipsch in that I have a Klipsch 9:1 system. I was thinking of running a low wattage system, since I’ve had great success with a 300b ampl... 
Bought a system without auditioning, thoughts?
I agree that liking what the Klipsch provides is probably a major factor in liking your system.    
Not sure for power conditioner my amp or not.
@laps  This is certainly sound advice, but we must also recognize that there is a difference between conditioners in any manufacturer’s line of power devices.  Before even asking the question, you should have a conditioner that is designed to del... 
Not sure for power conditioner my amp or not.
@smoorenc Your post represents what I love and hate about the internet. I love it because your question is clearly communicated and others with relevant experience donate their time and expertise to answer your question. The negative is that you... 
What Cartridge Manufacturers Will Retip Their Moving Coil Cartridges For A Fee?
My Sonic Lab will retip/refurbish. It isn’t cheap. For my cartridge it cost 60% of new retail.  For all that I know, this is just a discount on a new cartridge.  
To condition or not ?
I put my turntable on a separate conditioner given that the motor is fairly noisy.  
Cables for Aurender N150
High quality power conditioner and cables to all your components is worth the effort.  Minor upgrade to one component is of questionable use.  Judging by your post, I’m guessing that you are saying that you want components of quality similar to yo... 
@zappas  I’d start with a new router that has plenty of inputs. Now, unless you can explain why that isn’t responsive, this seems to be the best option.