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Can one ever be "done" in this hobby?
My system has been unchanged since late 2015. I am quite content and quite done. At this point the only changes I anticipate are a new phono cartridge one day (I’ve had my cartridge well over a decade) and repairs, when and if necessary.  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Wonderful World of Jazz by John Lewis 
What equipment have you bought this year so far ?
Nothing, nothing at all and quite pleased about that  
Analysis plus ova 9‘S vs. Kimber cable 8tc’s.
I have the newer version of the oval 9’s. I think they are great. I owned Nordost speaker cables previously and in every way the oval 9’s do a better job for me. I’ve had the Kimber in a bedroom system years back and thought they were good too, bu... 
Magnepan 20.7 and Subs
The obvious answer is start with one and if that does the trick you’re done. If it doesn’t, then get a second. Many years ago I had a pair of MG2.6’s and one subwoofer worked wonderfully  
Ugrade-itis - is there a cure?
I am very fortunate in that I am entirely satisfied with my system which incidentally has seen no changes since 2015 aside from a repair and software update. I have no plans to change components and figure that one day I’ll have to replace my deca... 
A DAC that can make digital sound analog?
Bricasti M1. It doesn’t merely sound great ‘for digital’. It sounds great with no qualifiers at all.  
Component isolation
I’m curious, and I should have mentioned, all gear is solid state 
What do you drive and why?
MB E class (W212)  
What is the BLUE JEANS equivalent for Power Cables?
Also a fan of Cullen  
Could-care-less Manufacturers and Authorized Dealers Bash
Fortunately I’ve not had any bad experiences with audio gear that needed repairs. I’m super impressed that McIntosh still makes glass for my 1970’s vintage tuner.  
Unbalaned to Balanced
There’s no point 
Pass Labs AMP’s- What is the best Pass Amp Sound for You from past 10 years
Well, I’ve had an X250.8 since 2015 and think it is fabulous! I run it with an XP-20 preamp and use balanced cables between the 2.i had an X150.8 previously. The X250.8 is much more than simply a more powerful version of the X150.8. The X250.8 has... 
Personal Tuner Evolution
These days the only tuner I have is a beautiful MR78, which was recapped in 2017. Wondering- if I want to fool around with a reasonably priced tube tuner with good sensitivity, what's a decent recommendation?  I've already been down the FM-3 road ... 
Interesting vintage find
Unfortunately, the owner is now quite elderly and isn't well. At one point he also had a Marantz 8, but one of his kids sold it.