Responses from overthemoon

Looking for integrated solid state amp for daily usage
I'd encourage you to listen to Moon's 250i v2.  I had a 250i as a loaner for 2 weeks and it sounded a heck of lot better than I expected it would given it was subbing in for 2 400 watt per channel mono-blocks.  
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
I've owned the C2600 Pre-amp and MC 302 Amplifier and I enjoyed listening to music at home more than ever (at that point)  Sound Quality: It sounded good.  I enjoyed the sound immensely and the difference between McIntosh sound and others to me... 
Most impactful for playing soft
During my journey I've found the better the system the less need to want to play it loud. (85-95 db) and the quieter the music seems because the 'space' is more accurately presented.  After getting my system components in place I noticed power ca... 
The $10,000 Question
I like Sonus fabers and think the Sonetto V is a great value for speakers. Amps there are two companies that make some excellent amps with great value Moon (SS) and Rogue (Tube)   Good luck in your journey!  
Help me pick some new or used speaker cables
There are some great options for speaker cables mentioned - I'd also consider Nordost. I've been very impressed with them as with Transparent.   I've been very pleased splitting my cables - Shunyata for power and Kimber for speakers/interconnects... 
Value of a preamp?
It's a specialist.  Volume control and source selection without degrading signal. I added a preamp to my integrated amp and that opened my eyes to the impact of a preamp.    
Best cable placement
When I was upgrading I upgraded ICs source to pre then pre to amp.  Did the same with power cables by the way.  
Upgrade My Turntable - How Much Do I Need to Spend?
I like simplicity - so I'd highly recommend a P8/P10 for simplicity. Remember you have 3 main components in your analog chain  Turntable (and that can be further delineated into table, power supply and tone arm) Cartridge Phono stage. Ther... 
Sonus Faber Sonetto V’s Thoughts Requested
I've owned Sonetto Vs and I think they are excellent speakers and a great value for the money considering their sound and appearance. Some folks propose source first when you build a system and start speaker first in upgrades.   Good luck in you... 
Comparing streamer/DACs between $5-10k
I appreciate the convenience of a streamer/DAC as well...I've been impressed with Moon's 280D and 390 and recommend giving them a listen if you and they are on the lower end of your budget.  
I like the concept of a one box solution as well (footprint, simplicity) Linn Hub edition DSM…lots of options for DAC as well as phone stage  Moon 791 even has a phon stage Ine box reduces system matching as well as reduces interconnects, po... 
Is My McIntosh C52 Pre-amp The Weak Link?
If you have the DA1 - I agree with @fastfreight the you have found the weaklink. I have owned the C2600 and when I add Moon 280D as a streaming DAC it was a nice step up.  
Portable DAC/Headphone Amp Recommendations
I have the Chord's Mojo 2 and it sounds great.  I will use it when I'm walking the dog or just out and about outside - I haven't used it for working out because I don't want to deal with cables and such.  If you use your iPhone for music - someth... 
Amp upgrade, speaker cables or both
@lloyd1969 Admittingly, I got a little carried away with my system thought I did get it as a demo!  I suggest you check out Moon's 330a or 340i...I heard the 330a when auditioning a McIntosh C462...I was shocked at the sound and the value for th... 
Amp upgrade, speaker cables or both
I have upgraded my system over the last few years and there's two things I have experienced that may be valuable to you: Audition different things to see what's out there.  My preferences for sound changed over time (used to own McIntosh and pr...