Responses from fplanner2000

Amps which are Great, but either Unknown or Underpriced
VAC 450 IQs - best I have ever heard.  Incredible mids and highs; bass that needs to be heard to be believed.  All VAC products punch above their weight class - these are no exception. 
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Thank you all very much so far. My musical tastes are pretty much all over the board, so I really appreciate all suggestions. A side benefit I hadn't counted on is that I get to build another music collection with favorites that are not in my digi... 
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Theo - thanksZd543 - because there is not enough of me to go around. I also don't have years and years within which to make these choices. I of course will make the ultimate choice of what I purchase. I believe that by vastly shrinking my purchasi... 
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Thanks WhartPeter: System-wise I am looking at a VPI Classic Signature turntable with a 10" JWM classic 3-D printed arm; Ortofon Windfeld MC Phono cartridge, and an Allnic H3000LCR tube phono stage. Cabling will be by High Fidelity.I know its not ... 
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Spencer -thank you for the list - I will start looking for them this week.Schubert - no it really doesn't, in this case. I listen to everything, especially if very well recorded. 
High Fidelity Cables -- A revelatory experience
GP-Lighten up. Its not Rick's job to answer every phone call and/or e-mail he gets immediately. He also has a life. Your buddy has also not put a nickel into Rick's pockets, buying Rick's cables used. Probably doesn't really matter to Rick, becaus... 
Liquid Midrange' - strong side of which tube amps?
Another vote for VAC - famous for one of the best midranges in audio at any price. The obvious point being made earlier, was that the Manufacturer/Owner of the Company (VAC) goes out of his way to provide exemplary customer service and always has.... 
High Fidelity Cables -- A revelatory experience
Guido-Glad you like the cables - I had a hunch you might. :-) 
Esoteric Grandioso P1/D1
G-My concern is future support for what would be a new major investment, as we've already discussed... :-) 
Esoteric Grandioso P1/D1
Interesting thread. I've decided to just muddle by with my P02/D02 and see where the market is around CES time. I have a rubidium clock but don't have it in the system due to spatial constraints. Not even thinking about how to squeeze a 4-box sour... 
Anyone receive Focal Utopia speakers with defects?
I also agree with Henrycai. There is no way these are new and even B stock would be better packed by Focal. They also would not send them out with chipped paint unless this was an "as is" sale. Obviously these speakers have been out of the box bef... 
VAC 160iSE integrated with NOLA speakers
The SE's are very hard to find, as people don't really want to give then up after an upgrade. If it were me, when ready I would just have VAC do the upgrade to your 160i. That way they could also check it out and you could upgrade exactly what you... 
what is the best amp you've ever heard
VAC 450IQ mono blocks 
Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
I remain a VAC fan. I recently heard what my 450IQs can REALLY do and they were just jaw-dropping. It was great to hear them doing what they do best, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. Obviously this is very subjective. :-) 
High Fidelity Cables CT-1designed by Rick Schultz
JMC-I have an all-tube system (VAC) and have NOT experienced any db drop since adding my HF UR cables. There was a bit in the beginning, but as the cables broke in (2 weeks) I got the gain back. It was pretty minor. IF yours doesn't come back,I wo...