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How does a preamp die from sitting unused for a few months?
My Lab12 Integre blew its fuse twice already, and I can assure you when I took out the damaged fuses there was no visual indication whatsoever on the damaged fuses. That's why it's handy to keep spare fuses around.   
Looking for integrated solid state amp for daily usage
Audio-gd Master 10 MK2.  Or JBL SA750 to match your speakers.    
Audiolab 7000A alternative with similar bass definition
Well, I see that UpscaleAudio is having a sale on Arcam SA30. It's just slightly under 2K brand new. It will fit your requirements.   
Lab12 Integre 4 MKII - user review
@gryphongryph Well, if you have a Synergistic or Audioquest dealer nearby, why don't you just try auditioning power cords progressively from entry level to the highest end on the same amp/dac. And then you can decide for yourself.  But I do agree... 
Lab12 Integre 4 MKII - user review
The 100p is an excellent amplifier. I had listened to 300ix before and it seems that the Perreaux’s house sound is an attractive one if you like softer more romantic feel but still want good details, separation and PRAT.       
Lab12 Integre 4 MKII - user review
An update. Since I wrote this review, I have upgraded my speakers to a pair of Baltics. The cablings and cords have also been upgraded with a decent premium selection worth around 5000 usd. Interestingly, I also acquired an additional pair of Bal... 
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
Perreaux 300ix. Perreaux is truly underrated. I am rocking a Perreaux 100p for my workplace setup. My main setup uses Lab12 Integre4 MKII. Also no shortage of prat.   
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
I guess few of you had the chance to listen to Gryphon EOS2. I’ve heard it and I think for under $25k there is no better floorstanders. I’ve heard it driven both by Jadis I70 and Diablo 300. It sounded really good with the Jadis and more muffled ... 
Tube Integrated Amp Recommendation
I love my Lab12 Integre4 MKII dearly. It costs slightly more than your budget brand new, it has that liquid sensuous mid-range but still muscular sounding. Below $10K there is no better tube integrated amp I think than that. Leben CS600X and ARC ... 
Focal Sopra n1 - mids are a bit recessed compared to Lumina IIs
@dman777 Speaker break-in is a real thing. My current pair of speakers sounded heavily distorted out of the box and it took like 50 hours for the distortions to subside and another further 50 hours for the sound balance to settle.  @blancpain1 Fo... 
What was the first power cable that you noticed a difference in the sound?
I started with a bunch of DIY Supra Lorad 2.5 SPC and Belden 19364. The differences they made over stock cords were obvious. The Supra cleaned up the sound and brought more detail. The Belden energized the music and increased bass quantity, thoug... 
Integrated for TAD ME1: Luxman, Accuphase or Soulnote?
Besides the ones already mentioned, there are very good newer offerings that can be considered.  Spec RSA-M99.  Perreaux 300ix.  Aavik I-180.   
Advice or Experience with Tube Amps: 485's or KT170's?
@gregjacob Most of the reviews online were for the original version with KT-150 tubes. I've actually tested the amp with both KT-150 and KT-170 tubes. With KT-150s it was a very good amplifier, with KT-170s it was a great amplifier and IMO good en... 
Advice or Experience with Tube Amps: 485's or KT170's?
I agree with @gregjacob that KT170 sounds rather different from 300B. I've heard a couple 300B amplifier (Takatsuki and AirTight). KT170s have more excitement and 'meat' in their sound.  There are a couple more highly regarded KT170 options. Jadi... 
Used Which amp for B&W 802 Matrix series 3 around or under 1000?
Exposure 2010 S2 frequently comes up used below $1K.  Or you might luck upon a Roksan Caspian M2.