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Preamp suggestions for Atma-Sphere Class D Monoblocks
The best pre-amp I've heard for use with the Atma-Sphere class D monoblocks or any class D amplifier is the Mola Mola Makua.  You can get it as just a line-stage type preamp or you can get with a built-in DAC (same as the famous Tambaqui) and/or a... 
Non-fatiguing speakers in $10K range?
I can see you have received a great many recommendations for speakers that would fit your needs.  At the risk of adding yet another recommendation let me offer this.  You would like speakers that are non-fatiguing.  Yet I assume that you would sti... 
I need a recommendation on Class D amp
The most advanced class D amp currently in production is the Mola Mola Perca stereo amp.  It doesn't sound like it's a class D amp in any stereotypical way.  It just sounds like music, regardless of class of operation.  The advanced Trajectum modu... 
Best DAC’S $5k to $15k
This one's easy for me.  The Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC is the best under $20K that I've ever heard.  The myriads of reviews out there are unanimous in their praise. Super transparent, smooth up top, excellent bass slam and articulation, and very 3D. ... 
Could Class D really be that good?
As has been mentioned before, Class D continues to evolve.  But the company that brought the NCore module to the market (Hypex) has continued to refine and engineer the technology to impressive new levels.  With the introduction of the Mola Mola P... 
15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume
If you want the best sound under $15K the Vivid Audio K25 is the best I've heard ($12,300). If by chance you are persuaded to go a bit above the $15K mark, I'd go for the Vivid K45 ($21,000).  I've had more fun with these speakers. Besides being n... 
DAC Help : Please Weight In - Down to 5
The Mola Mola Tambaqui all the way.  Nothing touches it at anywhere near its price.  
To loom or not to loom?
Understanding that it may not always work out to use 1 loom of cable in your system, it's certainly something to shoot for.  The ideal is to have the same model from the same brand or perhaps at least the same geometry and materials within the sam... 
Grimm MU1/Mola Mola Tambaqui combo vs. Grimm MU2
He concluded that the Grimm MU2 is very good and a winner for the price.  Given a high-resolution system, the Grimm MU1 with a Mola Mola Tambaqui is clearly better.  Both are extraordinary values, but the separates in this case are simply better (... 
Roon Endpoint Streamers - Direct Comparisons between Current Offerings?
I know this is $2,500 above your specified budget, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful Grimm MU1 streamer ($12,500 w/o storage, $300 additional with 2TB storage). Sonically the best I've heard!        
Value of a preamp?
I've only heard the Aries Cerat in passing in an unfamiliar system (which didn't impress), but not in a comparative sense.  Every system I've heard with an Audionet preamp (and amps) is always great. And admittedly they were carefully curated syst... 
Value of a preamp?
I have also experienced the beauty of synergy between a preamp and amp. More often than not, the same brand of preamp and amp gives the best performance. But there can be exceptions. My favorite preamps as of late are as follows: Mola Mola Makua... 
Value of a preamp?
My experience over many years of making component comparisons (for a living) is that you can live with more amplifiers than preamps.  That's how important the preamp is.  It's the brain and intelligence of the system.  A preamp can make or break a... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
My favorite speakers in this price range are the Vivid Audio K45 speakers ($21K). They do everything well. They are so accurate and true to life as well as being the most transparent speakers I've heard at that price point. Bass detail and articul... 
DAC/Streamer/PreAmp
I would suggest the Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC ($13,500).  It is a Roon endpoint but you would need a Roon core (Nucleus or NUK). It has a very good digital volume control. But best of all, the sound is simply the best at anywhere near, or way beyond,...