Responses from dseltz

Power cord suggestions for Hegel integrated amp/dac?
Black Sand Audio has a Violet Z1 MKII (actually on sale at this time) which I found to be great PC upgrade at a reasonable price 
Best beginner system about 5,000.00
My two cents:The PS Audio Sprout 100 is a great little integrated amp and only about $600.  That leaves 90% of your budget for the other items.  You are going to get a million suggestions on speakers, but agree with those who will say you need to ... 
Favorite band or artist of all time?
Mr Neil Young 
Preamp Choice... a hard call for me.
Knowing this is all based on your ears and your taste, I recently purchased an Audio Hungary APR 204 pre-amp (paired with a First Watt F7) and the sound is beautiful.  I am sure will sound even better as it breaks in.  I enjoy the tube pre-amp wit... 
Higher Efficiency Speakers
Have you considered the Rethm Maarga?   
Perfect Path Technologies: Omega E mat
I am a physician, and although have no opinion on the mats (as I have never seen or used them) I can reply to the pacemaker question.  The answer is product liability.  Pacemakes are adjusted and turned on/off with magnets.  We, (all) emergency de... 
Why Power Cables Affect Sound
A silly question, perhaps......If you purchase a power regenerator, I assume you do NOT need a better power cord for the regenerator itself. Yes?  Because if takes power, confers to DC before producing 'clean' AC again, I would guess the power com... 
Skeptic or just plain hard headed
To start, I am not a sales person, affiliated with any product or company in any way and a newbie at that.I find it hard to pay big bucks for wire, but feel compelled to have something nicer than a pair of Wal-mart IC or the like.  Anyway, IF the ... 
Help with choosing music server
have you looked at the Innuos ZenMini MK III  for 2000 you can get 8 TB (1 TB costs about 1250).  Very easy set up, will burn and store your CDs with album art, etc.  I recently purchased one and am very pleased with it. 
Dealers That Sell Large Volumes of Used Gear Online
The selection of used was not huge, but Gestalt HiFi in Santa Fe New Mexico has good prices and I cant say enough about the personal service. Multiple emails with Mike had FAST responses. And after the sale (since I am a newbie) asked me to send p... 
Digital streaming options for my system are confusing
The Innuous is very easy to setup and does require a Roon subscription which is $120 a year or $500 lifetime. I am a newbie, so someone please correct me if I am wrong. I have a Innuos ZenMini MK II  (Demo for $800) with iPeng connected to a Chor... 
Thoughts about speakers for a newbie
Awesome.  Chicago is not too far and AXPONA sounds like a great start.  Thanks