Responses from hifihandyman

Flexible Power Cords
Very happy with my Straight Wire Pre Thunder power cords and they are nice and flexible and sound great.  Warm and detailed versus bright and analytical like some others I have tried in my home.  
Berkeley Audio Design and MQA?
I love MQA, it makes me happy.  Even my cat frolics while we listen with joy.  I dare you to come over and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing.  Your critical thoughts on MQA are fine, but in reality, it sounds really good.  Maybe not at your house, ... 
Help With New Preamp Decision
I recently learned of First Sound Audio and a friend of mine has one and absolutely loves it.  No remote, though.  I would love to try one in my system.  Does anyone else have experience with first sound audio?  
New classe delta preamp and classe stereo amp?
The DAC is excellent.  Very detailed and easy to listen to.  I also have the HifiRose 150b which is a tad warmer, but they are both very comparable.  The PRE is perfect for 2.1 because of the crossover, time-alignment, and available parametric EQ.... 
New classe delta preamp and classe stereo amp?
I have the PRE and MONOs and absolutely love them. The sound is very detailed, but listenable and smooth for long periods of time. It just sounds natural and right with my KEF Blades. My last amp was the Parasound JC5 which is such a great amp but... 
best cost no object single unit streamer/dac combo you have ever heard?
I have not heard it for myself, but the unit I would love to try is the Exasound S82 mk II.  I especially like the fact it has a Roon core built in, great streamer, preamp functionality, and purportedly, a killer DAC.  Currently using the HifiRose... 
Are cable “upgrades” just as likely to make your system sound worse?
That happened to me when I upgraded to more expensive silver cables.  They were far brighter in my system which led to listening fatigue.  I mostly stick with copper and my system sounds better than ever.  I noticed a big difference also when I we... 
Rel t9x or Rythmik F12G
Rhythmik all the way.  I ran them with Magnepans and it was amazing.  You have to spend a lot more money on the REL to best the Rhythmik.  
Recommendations for 7 channel amp
NAD M28 is a wonderful 7 channel amplifier.  Very detailed and powerful.  
Best Full-Function Preamplifier
It sounds like you are talking about the Classe Delta PRE.  It sounds amazing and has the perfect complement of features including a great phono stage.  I love mine and I threw the HDMI card in there to get ARC from my TV.  No complaints.  I’ve al... 
Stereophile review of Millercarbon system featuring Tektron speakers
His room was one of the only setups that created a good depth to the sound stage. Great performance for the dollar for his room.  
TV audio into DAC via eARC or better
My system is setup like yours.  I run ARC from the TV into my HifiRose streaming DAC or Classe preamp and it works well but there are many times where it doesn’t get the “handshake “ and I need to switch sources and then it works.  Optical is more... 
Can the level of pleasure derived from music be measured?
Dang, I thought this was a Kenji post,  
Thinking of Magnepan ... finally!
Do you live in Washington?  I have a pair of 3.7 you can try.  Magnepans are awesome, I have always loved them.  You need two good subs, but you have that covered already.  Oh yes, and you need a kick ass amplifier like a Parasound JC5 or similar.  
Should I
I remember those amps well.  That was the first really nice amp I heard.  I don’t know about recapping, but that is a very high quality amp and worth keeping up with whatever it needs.  I totally disagree that you will find any used amp that’s eve...