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Grimm MU1/Mola Mola Tambaqui combo vs. Grimm MU2
He concluded that the Grimm MU2 is very good and a winner for the price.  Given a high-resolution system, the Grimm MU1 with a Mola Mola Tambaqui is clearly better.  Both are extraordinary values, but the separates in this case are simply better (... 
Roon Endpoint Streamers - Direct Comparisons between Current Offerings?
I know this is $2,500 above your specified budget, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful Grimm MU1 streamer ($12,500 w/o storage, $300 additional with 2TB storage). Sonically the best I've heard!        
Value of a preamp?
I've only heard the Aries Cerat in passing in an unfamiliar system (which didn't impress), but not in a comparative sense.  Every system I've heard with an Audionet preamp (and amps) is always great. And admittedly they were carefully curated syst... 
Value of a preamp?
I have also experienced the beauty of synergy between a preamp and amp. More often than not, the same brand of preamp and amp gives the best performance. But there can be exceptions. My favorite preamps as of late are as follows: Mola Mola Makua... 
Value of a preamp?
My experience over many years of making component comparisons (for a living) is that you can live with more amplifiers than preamps.  That's how important the preamp is.  It's the brain and intelligence of the system.  A preamp can make or break a... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
My favorite speakers in this price range are the Vivid Audio K45 speakers ($21K). They do everything well. They are so accurate and true to life as well as being the most transparent speakers I've heard at that price point. Bass detail and articul... 
DAC/Streamer/PreAmp
I would suggest the Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC ($13,500).  It is a Roon endpoint but you would need a Roon core (Nucleus or NUK). It has a very good digital volume control. But best of all, the sound is simply the best at anywhere near, or way beyond,... 
Help me find a pre-amp
The importance of synergy between amp and preamp cannot be overlooked.  Whether or not a preamp, of the same brand as your amplifier, is considered the absolute best at its price point, it will 9 times out of 10 sound the best when partnered with ... 
Did your system getting better the more money you spent or more experience you gained?
Synergy is a key element when putting together a system (at any price).  It's difficult for any audiophile to have heard a large enough quantity of gear to know what works with what.  This is where a good trustworthy and experienced dealer comes i... 
Jim Winey (Magnepan) has passed away.
What an impact Mr. Winey made on our whole industry.  He really got us thinking about different ways to achieve high fidelity. His speakers were such great conversation pieces in the homes of audiophiles when shown to their uninitiated friends. Th... 
Need a big favor picking a preamp
I've got to throw another preamp in the ring - the Audionet Stern.  As I've experienced it with a number of different amplifiers it always sounds, to my ears, more transparent, with more body at the same time, and dynamics galore!  It's my pick fo... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
My favorite speakers for Rock, dynamic music, and voice this past year (under $15K) have been the Vivid Audio K25's.  The bass and midrange power they present has got me coming back again and again. So much fun!    
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
I'm certainly not trying to hide anything.  I cannot see that the AudiogoN forum has a Signature Line option. I've looked for it (from the first day I ever posted) on several occasions but perhaps I'm missing something. If you know how to do it I ... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
One more note on Kronos. I'm not the only one that has discovered the amazing performance of a Kronos turntable. Kronos has become the reference turntable for a good number of reviewers and manufacturers that use them to review audio products and ... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
If you've never had the experience of listening to a Kronos turntable in a properly assembled high end system, you're in for a treat. As most of you are probably aware, the Kronos turntables incorporate a counter rotating platter beneath the prima...