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Gabriel Gold IC's are they really this good?
EMM CDSA-SE and GG Reflection (rca) = excellent match 
to SACD or not
Love my EMM CDSA-SE (~ $5,500 used)- reviews are spot on. More natural sounding than my friend's Esoteric P-03/D-03 combo... The only other machine I would consider at a similar price point would be the Marantz SA-7S1 (~ $3k used) with mods by Jen... 
Single box tube linestage preamp - $3,000 used
Bat VK-32SE 
Marantz SC-7S2 solid state preamp- how good is it?
thanks guys- good comments- the (few) reviews I have read seem to always pair it in the context of a 'full Marantz' system (with the MA-9S2 monoblocks)- was wondering how it was with other amps as well... 
Throwing your gear under the bus
yes- but in my case, a nice watch (Omega Seamaster Chrono in white)- luckily the guy still had it- I bought it back immediately- what was I thinking??!! :-) 
Power conditioner for EMM CDSA ?
I use the excellent Ensemble Isolink on mine... 
SS Amp to replace VAC 300.1 in a side-ways move?
agree with Tvad- having owned Aerial speakers many years ago, solid state worked best... 
Gabriel Gold IC's are they really this good?
Steve- is the directional flow the same as the others with the Reflection? 
New Transport Suggestions for Bitstream DAC
agreed with Bigkidz... 
Digital IC- I use Stealth Sextet- anything better?
Thanks Powder- I have a Marigo 5.7 as well- was not aware of the newer model. 
Gabriel Gold IC's are they really this good?
yes, the Reflection are amazing- a further refinement of the Rapture 'r'- inner detail incredible, lack of congestion excellent- no glare- simply music... 
Stereophile "confirms" Moncrieff's SACD comments ?
would be good to 'resurrect' this thread 8 years later- I think SACD has come a long way- I find the EMM Labs CDSA-SE not to exhibit these high-frequency aberations, at least not that I am noticing anyways... 
The Big Ayon Triton KT-88 Int Amp- tube rolling?
thanks guys- I do keep in touch with Paul at USA Tube Audio (Ayon Distributors) about this from time to time, and I do know that they are always 'on the hunt' for the best tube combo for the Ayon amps- they still recommend what was shipped with my... 
Amp for Coincident Super Eclipse
lately I have been using two different amps for driving Coincident Total Victory II's, both with outstanding results- 1) The big Ayon Triton integrated (*80 watt triode mode); 2) custom built 211 SET.As I have stated previously, with the larger Co... 
XLO vs. wireworld
It's a shame TCC won't extend the lending library option across the border here in Canada- asked them years ago, and they said no...