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15k for streamer and dac....how much on each?
$300USD streamer...Cambridge MXN10 coaxial to $9000 DAC in the Audio Research Reference CD9 cd player Sounds wonderful.  
Streamer only
I’m using the Cambridge MXN10 into an Audio Research Reference CD9 cd player operated as a DAC. It cost $360 and sounds incredible.  
New SS integrated choice....Rotel 1572Mk2, Audiolab 7000A, Exposure 2510
I have two Rotel items bought with good discounts: Michi X3 series 1 - (I use an external dac) awesome tonality power control and drive 1590 MKII - preamp, very nice clean sound used with thrills to supply a pair of large PMC MB2SE via an Audio ... 
Evaluating Equipment-induced EMI noise in one’s audio system
And then there’s the path from power to signal path, and sources power supply vs environmental RFI, vs AC power supply. And individual parts EMI generation. Rather complex issues and measurement problems to be identified prioritised and solved.    
Those who have the money are not waiting for anyone’s approval or validation. The only one’s you are hearing complain are those that can’t afford it. They don’t understand or relate to the luxury market. And so, who cares? You hear about it only i... 
The Intricate Dance: Loudspeakers, Human Hearing, and Room Acoustics
@mahgister share some of those papers you think are worth while 👍  
Have you found your "End-Game" speakers yet? I have. And it feels so good!!!
Yes two pair PMC MB2SE Viking Acoustics L’Instruments Different. Good. Wonderful actually. But my amps etc keep having power issues.  
Is there a way to switch one set of speakers between two sound systems?
I know this doesn’t fit but it is electrically isolated, I get up and swap the speaker cables. Batch your listening … so you’re not comparing tracks but say albums or sources.  
How easily can you distinguish between different DACs?
Well this appears to be going well? Is the OP satisfied yet?  For me it’s easy… Money Magnitude Margin Synergy PRAT Soundstage Timbre and tonality. Significance Value Judgement,  mine or yours? Cost Logistical challenges Connectivity ... 
Question: What are some of your best pieces of advise to someone new to the hobby?
Whew enough to write a book here! Here’s some more: 1. Keep an open mind. 2. Music is a contextual experience, listen in as many different environments as you can  3. Music is an emotional experience, let your ears and heart be connected witho... 
Experience with Modwright products?
A disaster. Guy is a charlatan. Read my explanation of a simple transaction with him. He’s an abusive liar. Case Link.  
New Pass Labs Go To
I bought my XA25 from Mark, he was personable, efficient and always willing to advise and assist. Set the industry standard it seems for customer satisfaction. I wish him well in retirement. John  
240/110V 200Va transformer suitable for?
@jasonbourne71  Thanks mate. Would it work for USA gear? A bit underpowered?  
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
I’ve had the XP20 and I currently have ARC SS gear, the LS10 and D240. The XP20 was honestly a straight gain tool no features to speak of, ultimately I sold it and moved to the musicality of the ARC set. You may find you like both because they d... 
Vintage musicality vs one box convenience
G’day Elliott Thanks for your kind thoughts. I’m DownUnder in Melbourne Australia so a bit of travel involved in a visit but you’re welcome any time.  Although the Viking’s are 98dB sensitive I find they do best with some power to move their two ...