Responses from bigkidz

Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
They both offer different sound quality and sound characteristics.    
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
Some of the statements about the sound of each amp mentioned above my post are generally true.  This is the best advice I have read.  Pick up an ARC D-79A or D-79B.  Even used, a lot of people think it was the very best amp ARC ever produced.  BUT... 
What sort of upgrade from Rega Brio to go with my Dynaudio's X12?
Better sound quality?  Simple send it to be upgraded.  That solves that problem.  
Need recommendations on 15ft speaker cables
Just make your own, it is so simple.  
Dirty little secret of Pedigreed, decades old Speaker line - no one will address
There is more to this story then most know.  As a manufacturer, the inside info will be kept to that only. Happy Listening.  
As a manufacturer, I find it hard to think he wants to charge you $300 even if it does go to the purchase price.  Are you buying the amplifier new, used,?  Is he offering the amp at a discount or retail price. IMO the Pass is a better sounding am... 
Turntable setup NYC area
We can do it,  We are in Ledgewood NJ and you can come to our listening room and hear it to make sure it sounds perfect.    
My Caladan Impressons
The Caladans are one of the most detailed and revealing speakers I have ever heard OK compared to what other speakers you have heard? Just curious.  
Tube amps under $7500
Lots of opinions so far.  Look at the Line Magnetics amplifiers.  All sound starts with the transformer and they have really good ones.  Most of the others recommended above are so so. Happy Listening.   
Why even bother?
Honestly look at the new Reveal I think that's the name for $5000 will just knock your socks off. I'm still scratching my head after hearing them. Just plain WOW. Hifi direct in Hackensack new jersey has them. Just plain WOW for only $5000.  
How Soon Do You Realize You Don't Like a Piece of Gear?
I love all gear.  The only time I change is when I hear something that I like better.  It is getting harder to find big improvements for me these days. But some lower priced budget items are now coming to the market.  The line magnetics 22wpc tube... 
Solid state amp vs tube amps
Lots of interesting replies. Simple answer is they are different designs and they do different things. Parts play a big part in sound quite usual although the old BEL amps were simple designs that sound great. Consider what parts in the designs pr... 
New expensive power cord for amp and no change in sound?
what were you really anticipating in the improvement?  You can get much better permanent improvements with upgrading power supply capacitors and resistors, AC filter chokes, etc.  A power cord cannot touch those kinds of upgrades.   Happy Listen... 
Can you tell the difference between a $200 and a $200,000 guitar?
Although I don't play classical guitars, I would imagine that the different wood, set-ups, make them more playable from each other and sound different.  But a good guitarist doesn't really need a great guitar to sound good, if you know what I mean... 
Vandersteen Aficianados please step inside (Quatro)
@ozzy62 - get an amp that offers negative feedback like the Ayre amps do. That is what makes them shine. The 60WPC is plenty. I drive mine with our Class A mono block amps 40wpc. I also have driven my Sevens with a 28wpc power amp.   Call John R...