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Opinions On DACs Around 1,000$
Speakers are a good area to "move upwards", but that $1000 won't go too far in that component area. I'd put the Musical Paradise mp-d2 (mk1 or mk2) on your research list. The beauty of its design that its fully user upgradeable through output tub... 
Marantz 2270 hunt
I'm not sure if you "have to have" the higher wattage on the 2270, but the 2245 is the same unit with a lower rated output and should be easier to find in your price range. I kind of regret selling mine a few years ago.  
SACD Players: Models with DSD Processor (used and new) (not dsd converted to pcm)
The Yamaha CD-S2100 and S3000 claim "native" DSD playback. You'd have to do some digging to confirm.  
McIntosh MA252
If the CD player is doing the D/A conversion and you’re connecting it to the MA252 via RCA or XLR analog cables, then you wouldn’t require a DAC. If the turntable has a MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge you would not require a separate phono pre since... 
Holo Audio May DAC
Mine was expected in 5-6 weeks and it actually arrived a few days early. Can't say of that will be the same for you.  
Review: Holo May (L2) DAC and the Musetec Audio (LKS Audio) MH-DA005 DAC Compaired
@genjamon , I went with the L2 May as well.It seemed to be the best bang for the buck. The same Goldensound review helped with my decision. I don't regret a thing.  
Next best exponential DAC quality level?
I have no horse in this race, but arafiq's post should be required reading every time someone decides to post in any forum here. It applies to every topic in this hobby. Emphasis on hobby. Well done sir.   I also think there’s a bit of a messia... 
Tannoy anyone? Cheviot Legacy vs. Stirling GR
Mine are a couple years old at this time and they do have the UK crossover plate. It's disappointing to hear if they are really moving production. I'm sure they'll reduce the MSRP in kind. /sarcasm.  
Tannoy anyone? Cheviot Legacy vs. Stirling GR
My Ardens are about 20" off the front wall and the sound is not negatively affected if i move them closer to the wall. However, the soundstage is really affected by toe in. The Tannoy recommendation of having the driver axis cross a few feet in fr... 
Tannoy anyone? Cheviot Legacy vs. Stirling GR
I own the Legacy Arden which is in the same line as the Cheviot. Since you already love the sound of the stirling and its point source design, that seems like the safer bet. And you'll save around $500 in the process. The Cheviot will likely net... 
Loudness - Why has the industry stopped producing amplifiers with this feature any longer?
@lou_setriodes , add Decware Z-Rock to your list. This seems like the best solution for anyone wanting to keep their existing gear, but add contour adjustment. No longer in production, there was another unit by a company (1-man operation actually)... 
Mc 240 vs. Prima Luna
As a McIntosh and PrimaLuna owner, there could be pros and cons to either depending on what you value as an owner. MC240: You know you like the sound paired with your Heresy's. Another 240 may (or may not..because mono) be more of a good thing. M... 
AMR cd-77.1 Owners opinions
The AMR units surely are lust worthy. I considered one about a year ago, but went for a DAC upgrade instead. I believe AMR’s parent company is ifi. Maybe you can reach out to them to see if they still have a support network for the AMR units. Ze... 
Holo Audio May DAC
Interesting development in my screeching noise issue. I reset the Midi Audio set up to 44.1khz and unplugged the USB cable at the mac end for a minute. I plugged it back in and I haven't heard the screeching noise since. I just using iTunes for t... 
Holo Audio May DAC
I mean that when in the iMac's Midi Audio setup panel, the Holo May is seen by the mac, and the format can be changed (44.1 khz, etc.) But the integer is not selectable and set at 2-channel 32-bit integer. It appears the 32-bit integer is being se...