What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?

What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?  It can be cables, tweaks, components etc.  Also, please share why you purchased, what it replaced, and any additional tips and insights regarding your purchase.  

I hoping for this to be enjoyable and educational, so please be civil of other’s opinions and choices.


Lumin T2 streamer/DAC. Used. 6 months old. Picking it up next week. Upgrading my Node 2i which I was running through my McIntosh c2500 tube pre using the Mc built in DAC. it was OK but I’m ready for an improvement. I have Bel Canto Stream and DAC on another system (Sugden/Harbeth) which I’m very happy with so I wanted something at least on a par with that.

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REGA  Aethos int. Amp.

Why?  I was drunk at 2:00 AM and POOFF!!.  Woke up the next day and I realized/saw I spent five grand!! 😢

Still have a Coincident Dynamo MKIII tube SET int. amp.

Actually the Aethos is a great sounding piece but, with a few minor/annoying flaws.

by audiogon standards it's mid at best but i just got a pair of AT-540ml cartridges - never had microline carts of my own before. it's a huge step up from the ortofon blues (nude elliptical) i was using as "daily drivers" for most of the last year. early impression is they're nowhere near as good as my nag 200, which is also elliptical shape, but i am very happy with them - they track perfectly and are both more detailed and substantially smoother through the mid and highs than the ortofons. closer in overall sound to the ortofon 2m black. 

Denafrips Pontus II + ultra rendu.  Love it.  Detailed, yet warm.   Very close to vinyl sound. Marked improvement over previous Bluesound Node + Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M