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Hocus =- Ansuz Sortz - Pocus
Next Level HiFi, great people very knowledgeable and helpful. I have a Sortz and also a Sparkz and they definitely work.  
Next Level Hifi
I would like to echo the sentiments of sro and arafiq concerning Tyler and Josh of Next Level HiFi. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know them and do business with them. Next Level is definitely an appropriate name for Tyler's company... 
Aavik integrated amps … old vs new
Dave, I have the i-180 and d-180 I was told by one of the top dealers of Aavik that the new series is superior to the u versions. I also have the s-180 streamer that is also a top level streamer. Hope that helps a little  
The New Synergistic Research Purple Fuses
I used the purple synergistic with my Innuos Zen MKIII and noticed a nice improvement in the sound quality, I then inserted a QSA Violet fuse and the improvement was substantially better. I believe the synergistic is very good but not in the same ... 
Amplfiers that Sound like Pass 30.8 that are not so heavy
I am using the QLN 3'S with a Qualiton a50i 50wpc class A tube integrated and am very happy with the sound. It weighs 55 lbs . It is a great sounding amp  
Suggestions for an integrated upgrade please
The Qualiton a50i is an excellent sounding integrated, it retails for $8200 but I think you could bargain a little. Class A 50wpc tube amp.  
Where to put one's best power cords??
I always had my best one on my integrated amp until recently, I moved my Swisscables Diamond power cord to my Jay's Audio CDT MKIII transport and it made a substantial improvement in SQ. I will have an equally good power cord from Silnote Audio go... 
Does Anyone Know What is Up with High Fidelity Cables?
The finest cables I've come across are readily available, call Mark at Silnote Audio he sells factory direct and doesn't waste time in getting them made and sent. His upper level cables are extremely good, I don't know about the less expensive one... 
DAC Upgrade Advice, budget $5k
Merason DAC1, if you love listening to music it's one of the best. Doesn't come with all the frills but it presents music at it's finest.  
DAC That Punches Above Its Price Point
Merason Frerot is an outstanding dac $1349 you can add their power supply too which takes the SQ to a much higher level. If you want to go higher up the food chain the Merason DAC1 is an incredibly musical and detailed dac for $5500. It has transf... 
What's your dream speaker?
QLN Prestige 5's I have the 3's now and they are a great sounding speaker. Their big brother is an amazing speaker! 
Innuos Zenith Mk3 or something else?
I recently purchased a Zenith and am very pleased with it. The Sense app is excellent and easy to work with and the Zenith sound is quite pleasing. I have it paired with the finest dac I've owned, the Merason DAC1. The combinations has an incredib... 
Has anyone used the new Innuos 2.0 Sense music app? Compared it to Roon?
This post is so helpful and interesting. I am awaiting the arrival of a new Innuos Zenith myself and am a long time Roon user too. Thanks to all of the great sharing of information by everyone, I will definitely be getting the Sense app. Reading w... 
Benchmark ABH2 amp and full range electrostatics, e.g. CLX or Soundlab
Kstaken I have the same cabling as you and totally agree with your opinion of the Swisscables. The speaker cables are incredible as is their interconnect and the Diamond power cord is the best I've owned including the $8000+ Stage III Kraken.. I a... 
Best Speaker wire with Rogue Audio amp and preamp for $2K or less?
Swisscables Reference, just outstanding speaker cables. I've had many and to my ears these are the best