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All around headphone amp recommendations
You don’t state your budget or if you prefer a new unit or are open to pre-owned. That information would be helpful, and without it, this is a bit of a shot in the dark, but the Sony TA-ZH1ES is an excellent amp with a lot of flexibility and conne... 
Non-fatiguing speakers in $10K range?
Unfortunately, there are not that many high end shops around Seattle with gear I like. Some went selling vintage and some went up selling only $100K+ systems. So most probably will be getting something blind. I haven't read the entire thread, s... 
MoFi "Mobile Fidelity" Master Phono.
I had the opportunity to listen to the system @tomic601 described and thought the vinyl playback was excellent.  I wasn't in "critical listening" mode, but noticed that the dynamics were great with the Master Phono and everything was nicely detail... 
Phono pre amp recommendations? - upgrading from ICON AUDIO PS1 MK II
I'm not familiar with the phono stage you have, but your tastes sound similar to mine. There's a Cary Audio VT-500 available below your budget or you can buy one new from Cary direct for just a little over your budget.  I replaced my Herron VTPH-... 
Stupid question about hooking up a streamer
Yes, I do this with an Orbi mesh network and it works just fine.  
why expensive streamers
It sounds like what you are describing is a "server", not a "streamer", which often includes a DAC.  If you're expecting a server to vastly improve sound quality, you're correct in your assumption that it will have much less impact than the DAC wi... 
Importance of clocking
As you can see, you have two kinds of posters here. One that have tried and implemented an external clock to a greater benefit. And then those, who have been peddling their ideas based on ‘documentation’ i.e. no direct experience 🙄  There are a... 
Importance of clocking
Spend your money on a good DAC that includes a good clock.  Spending thousands on a clock is a huge waste of money, IMHO.   As mentioned earlier, the main purpose of an external clock is to synchronize multiple devices, not to improve sound quali... 
Rockna Wavelight Music Server
I have the Wavedream Net paired with a Wavedream Signature DAC.  The Wavedream NET replaced a Roon Nucleus.  The DAC replaced an Aqua La Voce S3.  The CD player in the Wavedream Net replaced a Marantz Pearl SACD player.  I have no experience with ... 
Wonder product?
The Puffin is a great entry level phono stage that does a lot of cool things and has more than enough gain to drive any cartridge.  I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "wonder" product, but I can't think of anything at its price point that would... 
Marantz vs. Oppo or Theta
I've had a couple of Onkyo pieces and think the Marantz units are built better and sound better.  
18 inch subwoofer vs multiple 12 inch subwoofers with bookshelf speakers
4 X f12.  I have two Rythmik F30 (2 X 15") and two SVS SB13 Ultra subs (13.5") in my system.  It's complete overkill.  The volume setting on the Rythmiks is about 9 o'clock and something like -27 on the SVS subs.  In other words, they are barely e... 
Anyone listen to entire albums?
Vinyl - almost always yes. Digital - about 50/50  
Marantz vs. Oppo or Theta
The Marantz "house sound" leans toward slightly warm.  Oppo is more neutral.  I have a Marantz 7704 and before that an 8801.  The 7704 has been bulletproof so far and sounds great for home theater.  I've also owned Marantz CD players including the... 
Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200 Owners
Mine makes a bit of a gurgling sound, but it's very faint. Not as pronounced as I hear in the video.  If you have your phone right next to it, then it's about what it would sound like if I put my ear up to it.  The water level is fine.  Are your r...