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High end Class D amps?
"Class-D likes benign 4-6ohm loads with low - phase angles, and that’s what the Maggie’s are, but when the loads get tough, then big Linear Amps come out to play."I agree with George. Class D amps can sound really good with the right speakers as h... 
Class D Technology
I have used the Bel Canto Ref600 mono amps for almost 5 years now, currently driving a pair of ATC SCM 19v2 loudspeakers. 99.9% of the time I don’t detect any issues with their performance. Perhaps that 0.1% anomaly could be attributed to their Cl... 
What's your favorite boutique speaker maker
It seems like a lifetime ago, but in the 1980’s it was John Fuselier, hands down one of the all time great speaker designer/builders. He is no longer with us, but for those of us who were fortunate enough to know him and own his speakers, it was s... 
Cable comparison charts?
The current Absolute Sound should prove helpful. 
A warm DAC?
Schiit Modi 3 - $100Really. It's exactly what you are looking for. What do you have to lose? 
If I just use a DAC, do I need a Pre-amp?
A DAC with a volume control built in may be just fine, but then again, it may sound better running through a preamp. It depends on the "match" with the power amp you are using. I run a BelCanto DAC/Pre straight into a pair of Bel Canto mono amps w... 
How many people here generally buy used?
I have bought and sold a ton of gear over the years (check my feedback and you will see) as I enjoy trying out many different things and investigating system synergy, and in order to do it in a manner where I don't lose a ton of money, used in 8/1... 
Speaker cable arrows???
Install them in whichever direction they sound best to you. Personally, I always start by following the arrows on the jacket, but having violated that many times, and in the majority of those cases without any noticeable difference, it's not somet... 
Best bookshelf loudspeakers under 10,000 for the pair
Klipsch Heresy IV? 
Do any still use an older high end tuner from the past?....
Magnum Dynalab - I sent my FT101a, made in the mid 1990's, in for service and could not be more pleased with it now that it’s back. It is their goal to serve customers for the long term. They still service their original FT101 tuners introduced in... 
Fairly new to streaming. Where to start?
Check out the Bel Canto eOne Stream. Has a built in DAC but can be used with an external DAC as well. Includes Bel Canto's Seek App that is also very good. Excellent sound quality. 
Beware of NAD M3 Fire Hazard
"Could be anything, but a shorted (Zener?) diode in the bridge passing AC and cooking the capacitor would be my guess."I agree with the above. 
Rega P6/ or Clearaudio Concept, both with same cartridge?
Stock Rega P6 w/Ania MC cartridge is a great sounding combination. Totally quiet operation and a balanced presentation from top to bottom. Replaced a Pro-Ject 2-Xperience SB turntable w/Sumiko Blue Point #2 cartridge. 
Usless but interesting ....how many of you old timers started with original Large Advents?
DQ10s were my first Double Advent stack were my secondFollowed by Fuselier Model 3All 3 highly enjoyable.There have been many more since then, and I mean many.Currently a pair of ATC SCM19v2. Excellent! 
Speaker Sales on Audiogon
Tammy is the best!