Responses from cbrez

A $250 Power Conditioner?
That is interesting. I just checked one that I am trying now and get the same continuity results. Anyone out there with a more solid electrical background than myself have any ideas?  
Value of a preamp?
Can greatly enhance the overall sonic characteristics of a system. Tonality, dynamics, soundstage, and so much more, when it is the right fit with everything else.  
Looking for 200 watt Amp to drive Dynaudio Heritage speakers
I know this might not be helpful based on you ask for a 200 watt amp, but I am a Dynaudio HS Special owner and I get terrific sound from them using a Pass XA25. The speakers are a 4 ohm nominal load as you probably know and they are current hungry... 
Has anyone tried a linear power supply with a Weiss 204 or 205?
Just wanted to mention that Dan Wright from ModWright is designing a LPS for the 204. He is making just a few betas first and I am on the list. If others are interested, they may want to reach out as there might be a few left in the initial queue.... 
Why do we demand so much from our systems?
+1 @dentdog Of course there is a capitalist element here given the luxury of affording this equipment. But there is the beauty and the happiness afforded in the joy fullness this hobby delivers, derived from the soulfulness of the music we enjoy w... 
Audio envy - dang!
I didn't think that Iconoclast made a phono cable. I had contacted them about it a few months ago and at that time, they didn't have one and told me that they were not making one.  
Contemporary Classical Composers - new discoveries
This is a great thread and very timely for me as well, as I am trying to expand my listening of more contemporary (living or at least mid/late 20th or 21st century) composers. A few that have been playing in my space recently: Gabriela Lena Frank... 
Did I damage my new amp
See if you can see if it is one tweeter or both by ear. And reach out to Monitor Audio. It may be cost prohibitive to replace a tweeter(s) if it is still even possible, but at least you will have all the info. Maybe you can still get a few dollars... 
Tube preamp match with Solid Stare amp
The LTA has no balanced outputs and is not a truly balanced design as @willywonka stated. I own the microZOTL and it is a great preamp, but does not fit what the OP was asking about - plus it is a line stage preamp.  
Stand mount speakers to replace Magnepan 1.6’s
I am very happy with Dynaudio Heritage Specials. A used pair is probably a little over your budget, but really worth a listen if you can. I don’t typically listen at very loud levels and I sit about six or seven feet from the Dynaudios, but my ov... 
Tube preamp for pass labs ?
While not running a Pass anywhere your wattage, I have a Linear Tube Audio microZOTL level 2 with my XA25. It’s a great combination to my ears. The LTA is not as warm sounding as some other tube preamps, but is dynamic, great soundstage, and very ... 
Phono preamp, all suggestions welcome
I can definitely recommend the iFi phono3 in your price range. I bought one after reading the reviews and it is incredibly quiet, dynamic, and has really good sound staging at this price. I also see that Music Direct has an open box now at $699. ... 
Audio envy - dang!
Glad this discussion kept going! Just ordered an Expanded power cable to try out. Had meant to try Audio Envy cables a while ago and glad I placed the order today. Looking forward to it. Thanks all.  
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
@mijostyn Thanks for confirming on the Hanas. I appreciate your depth of knowledge in this area and it was one of the things that led me to the SOTA path in the first place. @pindac Thanks for your words about the Hana as well!  
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
@mijostyn Curious about your comment on the Hana cartridges. I thought that the Red and the Blue have the same stylus and cantilever. Just wondering what the differences are that you mentioned. I know it is a bit off topic here, but I just ordered...