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Robert Plant
@nitrobob, you are so right.  Get The Led Out is just an amazing show.  front row center for their show coming up in March.  Last year, they were EPIC.  I was looking around at all of these old geezers singing along, with their walkers etc., and t... 
Purchase on Audiogon arrived not as described
I have been on both sides of this issue.  I bought a subwoofer that was shoddily packed and arrived damaged and unusable.  The seller claimed that I was responsible for getting money from UPS, not him.  I fully documented the unpacking and the dam... 
Speaker Cable Recommendation
I second the Morrow cables as a good buy,and there is usually a 50% off sale or something.  I had the SP7’s in my system and they were really nice, especially for the price.  They replaced MIT 3.3 Shotguns and Cardas Golden Cross.  I replaced them... 
DAC DIRECT IN TO AMPLIFIER OR TO PREAMPLIFIER
@webking185 , I understand that it is counterintuitive to think that adding a whole bunch of circuitry into the line between the DAC and amp would sound better, but all I can say is that with my setup, which I don’t think is any slouchy setup, the... 
DAC DIRECT IN TO AMPLIFIER OR TO PREAMPLIFIER
@ghdprentice, absolutely.  I have heard great things about the XP-32, but as usual, there are those that like the REF 6 over the XP-32 and those who love the XP-32 over the REF 6.  One thing that I have learned is that there are no reliable ways t... 
DAC DIRECT IN TO AMPLIFIER OR TO PREAMPLIFIER
I an MSB Discrete DAC with Premier Power base, an ARC Ref 6, Pass Labs 250.8 and Wilson Sabrina X's.  Although MSB's National Sales manager thought that I should definitely run the DAC direct to amp, I experimented first with a loaner ARC LS 28SE,... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@daveteauk, just to clarify, my valve anxiety is based on the availability of replacement tube sets 5-10 years down the road.  I already have a full replacement set that came with my ARC.  But in an ideal world, my preamp should be good for a long... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@curiousjim, LOL!  Yeah I bought my REF 6 (not SE) with a full set of replacement tubes. @sleeeepguy thanks for your input, especially since you and I have similar systems. The combo of the 250.8 and the Sabrina X's and the ARC REF 6 has been gre... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@audphile1, thank you so much.  That is exactly the type of input I am looking for.  I understand that the XP-32 is also quite a step up from the XP22 as well.  It sounds like the differences were rather subtle, since you say that you spent a good... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@johnlnyc, LOL! so true.  Always looking for better.  I like the way my system is right now, but I want a deeper soundstage.  It may be a function of the size of my dedicated room (11x11x11), but I would like one more preamp upgrade before I retir... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@ghdprentice, thanks.  I agree that the REF 6 is world class, definitely nothing wrong with it for me. But how about head to head?  I've heard great things about the XP-32 as being even better than the REF 6, especially when paired with Pass Labs ... 
Should I Sell My ARC REF 6 and Get A Pass Labs XP-32
@lalitk, I suppose that I can.  I just wonder if the change is worth it sonically, as I have only heard great things about the XP-32 but haven’t heard it anywhere, especially in my system, obviously.  Of course, the REF 6 always gets great reviews... 
What is the best speaker cable for Wilson Sabrina X?
Since my post above, I have switched from the Morrow SP7 (which was a good cable) to the Shunyata Alpha speaker cables.  There is a noticeable and very positive difference with my Sabrina X's.  I highly recommend that combo!  
Power cable
I have a loom of Shunyata Alpha v. 1's, including one on my 250.8.  I think that Shunyata's are great cables.  However, on my 250.8, it replaced an Audience Power Chord, and although it was slightly better, was not a major difference.  Over stock ... 
Does it make sense to "ignore low ball offers"?
There is nothing wrong with low ball offers . . . Sometimes a seller might be desperate to move something or needs to sell and you may not get your lowball price, but you might get a really good deal.  As a seller, I don't take offense and lowball...