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All around headphone amp recommendations
Moon 230 if you can "suffer" a mini chassis. For $2k it's a favorite. The 430HA or HAD if you want the DAC. Overall balance on that system is hard to beat  
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
Buy it or don't. This applies to other luxury items. There is not always a test drive, some labored deliberation or audition process. If it's fairly priced, someone that knows what it is and what the value is will buy it. In other words, you're n... 
Is the idea of audiophile listening a dying concept as boomers die off?
Music and gear to record and reproduce it will always be a huge market. No need for concern.   
Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
Yes  
My new B Stock speakers
Revel 126Be are always on my radar. Great midrange on that speaker. Revel do not match serial numbers, so even a new pair from a dealer may have gaps in the numbers. B-stock likely had a cosmetic blemish that was fixed, or maybe a loose port, dr... 
Youtube audiophile hi res sounds MUCH better than my Eversolo streamer
Thanks for sharing the clips. Agreed they sound great. I'm curious if anyone will track down some info on these. I'm wondering if they were simply transcoded from some lossless format, or EQ'd with some DSP along the way..   
Youtube audiophile hi res sounds MUCH better than my Eversolo streamer
I'd want to see a link to a YouTube video as an example.  Are you referring to clips where the user mics a system playing back some track through a system?  
My Remote on my preamp has stopped working
Good excuse to get a new pre! 😁  
Is there anything other than a Benchmark DAC?
Try a Denafrips or Chord in your price range. Soundstage and smoothness increase over the DAC3. I love the DAC3 too but I see it as a neutral science instrument and not a flavor enhancer.  Sometimes when I eat, I want MSG and not a test tube.. 😁  
Rogue Dragon Tube Recommendations
Contact Nick @ Rogue as someone already suggested. They had RCA clear tops for my RP-5 pre and recommended those for their lusher midrange. Not sure if the same applies to the Dragon. I'd be curious to know the findings. I'm going to try a Dragon... 
Full loom of the same cable brand vs mixing and matching.
For type A neurotics with OCD tendencies, I recommend a mix-n-match until the compliment starts to seriously impact sleep and stress levels. For the religious and superstitious, a heavy dose of experimentation amongst brands will often yield the w... 
An ANSWER....of sorts......
Gunga galunga. The funny Llama (at the farm) told me if you believe it sounds better, it will sound better.  
Does Every Track Sound Great on Your System?
In response to your question, I read many mentions of EQ and a handful of room and setup questions..I don't recall anyone mentioning something like a UMIK-1 measuring mic and REW. Once you're comfortable measuring and analyzing the results, I thi... 
Record player sounds out of tune and "wavy"
$499 for a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo and in my experience sound superior to many of the budget tables for a few hundred more. They give you a $100 cartridge with the table, and it sounds great out of the box. I bought one for a friend and couldn't... 
Preamplifier sound Quality impact in home theatre bypass
It depends on the tube pre and the path the signal is taking for HT Bypass.  In many of the designs I've seen, the HT Bypass is the equivalent of putting an RCA female to female adapter between two RCA pairs. Wouldn't bother me unless you noticed...