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Interconnects priority
I find Pre to Amp and Source to Pre most important. Had Fantastic Results with the Albedo Silver Mono Crystals over any Copper iv compared them against.  
What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
Both MSB and DCS frequently introduce new models at such a rapid pace that it leads to a depreciation of their second-hand markets. This constant influx of new releases creates a perpetual cycle where buyers feel compelled to constantly upgrade, ... 
Aries-Cerat Helene Review
Before becoming an Aries Cerat Distributor for the Indonesian market, I invested significant time and resources in traveling across Asia and Europe to audition various amplifiers and attend different shows. This exploration has spanned several yea... 
What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
DCS: Known for extreme transparency but lacks natural and musical qualities, resulting in a flat and boring sound. Playback Dacs Offers exceptional value for both money and performance, stepping above the DCS's signature sound. Preferred over MS... 
Bidat vs. Perfecwave MSB Playback Design
If a new purchase is beyond your budget, I would recommend considering a second-hand Helene from Aries Cerat. Having owned both the MSB and Playback Design Dreams Series DAC and SACD Player for a while, I find that Aries Cerat provides a more emot... 
Qobuz vs. Tidal
In my opinion, Qobuz sounds cleaner and more refined to my ears. While both streaming services don't quite match up to a locally stored file on a correctly copied hard drive, Qobuz stands out for its superior high-resolution files. On the other ha... 
Metner MA3 vs Playback Designs MPD-6
I spent over 4 years with the Playback Design Dreams series and had experience with the Merlot before that. While I used to distribute MSB, I shifted to Playback Design because clients were experiencing superior sound quality at a more reasonable... 
Transparent Audio is anything but Transparent
The only thing that becomes transparent is the wallet  
Silver Speaker Cables
When it comes to speaker/Interconnect cables, consider opting for high-gauge Mono Crystal Silver cables if your budget permits, as they deliver superior sound quality. For a more budget-friendly alternative, sticking with copper cables is a pract... 
Rank the top reference DACs you've heard
After thoroughly comparing the Playback Design Dream and Kassandra DACs, I would rank the Kassandra as my top choice, with the Playback Design following closely behind. While both are exceptional DACs, the Kassandra stands out for its superior mid... 
What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
For those on a tighter budget, starting with the Helene or Kassandra Ref is a solid choice. While the Lampizator Horizon stands as a strong contender for an excellent DAC, the Aries Cerat Ithaka or Kassandra LE reign supreme in my listening experi... 
What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
Having owned a variety of top-tier DACs including MSB, Playback Design Merlot, Dreams Series, Aqua Acoustics, Lampizator models, Berkley, and custom-built tube R2R DACs from a Russian contact, I've also sampled and borrowed units from friends. Amo... 
A speaker audio journey over: Classic Audio Loudspeakers T1.5 Reference = End game
T3.4 Is a smaller one to the T1.5 for  Small to medium size rooms, one is up on audiogon this pair is mine.  
$50k - $80k Budget…Opinions please.
Classic Audio Loudspeakers T3.4  Super Efficent, Cohrent, Musical Emotionally engaging speaker massive dynamics smoother oh it's just pure musical. No Need for subwoofers. Aries Cerat TriodeFet Amplifiers Allnic Phono Stage or Aries Cerat Phono... 
Sweet Sounding DAC
DCS is super Analytical,Precise and tiring to listen too,. MSB sounds better than DCS in most cases but over time it is still Analytical thou over DCS its smoother and easier to listen too.