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Is it even possible to get a factory authorized dealer to give a discount?
The margin for dealers is quite generous and there is always room to negotiate a reasonable discount.   I for one would never buy anything without a minimum 20% off MSRP.  Greater if the box has been opened or the item has been used for any demo i... 
Records and CDs
@rvpiano   Maybe it's just me, or it's my age, but I've always preferred to own physical media.  I don't stream at all.  I like to feel the CD/LP in my hands.  I like to read the liner notes and enjoy the artwork.  Sound aside, LPs are a leg up on... 
Crackle and hiss on some albums
@fuzztone   I also own an ultrasonic LP cleaner.  A necessity if you are interested in vinyl IMHO.  My personal rule is to clean the LP with a bit of Kodak Photo Flow in the water.  This causes the water to sheet off and dry without deposits.  Onc... 
Crackle and hiss on some albums
@fuzztone   I believe the research shows that the stylus does not in fact raise the temp of the vinyl more than a very small amount.  There is no melting of the LOP and no "welding" going on.  Cheers. That plastic melts into a fluid under the t... 
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
The specs on the Niagara 1200 show max power input is 15 Amps.  This can be handled by regular 14 AWG wiring.  Putting a firehose sized cable between the outlet and the N-1200 will not provide any additional current to the device.  It simply doesn... 
Credenza or media stand for hiding away equipment
Military school until they're 18. 🤣  
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
@10024skip  Another serious consideration should be a DYI cable.  IMHO.  Here are two fine choices that would cost you well $500 - $1000 depending on the connectors. https://www.vhaudio.com/furutech-dps-4.html https://www.vhaudio.com/neotech-nep... 
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
@mclinnguy  For me, this just seems to be putting the cart before the horse.  Since the idea of the Power Conditioner is to "Condition" the electricity feeding your components, and in some cases radically converting the electrical  supply as is th... 
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
Are you really suggesting a $5000 power cable for a $2000 Power Conditioner? Unless the costs I see online for these two items are wrong, does this really make sense?  Just seems to be backwards in terms of where to invest.   IMHO.   
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
Search for "Power Cable" on Audiogon and Found 54,758 results.  Do we really need another thread on this subject?  I think not.  IMHO  
Hegel comparison
Fair enough.  
Hegel comparison
@kennymacc   Ok, I get your point, but aren't you just the least bit curious as to how the 590 DAC compares to your reference DAC?  I have done the comparison with DACs that were supposed to be on a whole other level, only to find I couldn't hear ... 
Esoteric S-05 30 watt Class A Amp
According to the manual, there is a switch on the back of the amp for "auto off".  When selected, the amp will shut off when no signal has been received for 30 minutes.  My Esoteric equipment does the same.  In fact, my CD player doesn't have the ... 
Hegel comparison
@kennymacc   I'm confused by your statement "I have no experience with the H590s internal DAC"   Are you saying in all the time you've owned the 590, you've never run your digital feed through it and compared the sound to whatever DAC you are usin... 
Amp — Leave on or turn off
Let the blow-back commence.  🤣