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A good cd transport for my Chord HugoTT2 DAC with Chord M-Scaler
The Shanling ET3 has been a recent, well regarded choice. Shanling ET3 CD Transport  
Transport Recommendations
Interesting thread: Shanling ET3  
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
I've resold several Coda pieces. They go fast. Folks that know this product line generally keep their purchases.  
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the heads up, Terry. I just ordered one for myself.  
The new Coda S5.5 amplifier: It's a "Petite Beast"!
The S5.5 currently retails for $6400.  
Bel Canto CD3t transport replacement
Many folks consider the Shanling ET3 the best reasonably priced CD transport currently available. Here's one recent thread. Shanliing ET3 CD Transport  
New, Very Interesting CD Transport
Shanling has just released a SACD transport, the SCD1.3 for $1279. Shanling SCD1.3 SACD Transport  
CODA #16 vs Benchmark AHB2 | Yamaha NS500 Speaker
Thanks for that, very interesting. The NS5000 sounds like my kind of speaker and a relatively good value. I would love to compare it to an ATC SCM100P, a very similar looking 12" 3 way although the retail is $9k more. Being in the pro audio busine... 
@soix +1  
I Was Considering Active, Then I Watched This ...
I can't speak for other active speakers but know that ATC designs the internal amplifiers for their active speakers. Each amp is designed specifically for each driver. I use a pair of ATC SCM20ASL active monitors in my studio and would not descri... 
Fyne, speaker cables
I use WireWorld bi-wire Silver Eclipse 8 speaker cables on my Fyne F703 speakers. I previously used WireWorld bi-wire Eclipse 8 cables with the same speaker. The improvement was slight, not worth the extra money IMHO. So, I would recommend the Ec... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
@atmasphere is correct. No reputable recording studio would pick monitors that favor one type of music or another. ATC, especially their active speakers, can play very loud with very low levels of distortion while being extremely reliable; why the... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
ATC SCM50ASLT active speakers retail for $22k. Discount or used bring these down pretty close to $15k. The passive version, what the OP probably is looking for, retails for $16k, well under $15k with discount or used. With that said, current revis... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
Yet another vote for ATC. Prior to the active ATC SCM50ASLT speakers in my main listening room, I had Legacy Focus XD speakers. These ATC speakers are about half the size of the XDs, don’t require power amps (I didn’t like running the XDs full ran... 
Preamp Recommendation for First Watt F4
I was referring to the more recent Pass Korg B1, much better than the original Pass B1. I would build the basic kit without mods before investing in an expensive tube line stage. Careful with used units since the Korg Nutube 6P1 is very microphon...