Responses from phcollie

Thinking of Magnepan ... finally!
My class D experience using plenty of power from monoblocks was a bust with the 1.7s. They lacked the capacitance to handle abrupt movments/changes and the amps would bail. When I listened to mellow jazz and accoustic they were lovely. 4B3 doesn’t... 
What happened to those dreaded 1099 forms we were going to receive from Paypal?
If the goal were to track down scofflaws hiding retail then I am a bit surprised at this IRS plan. Was not aware that this even happened. Considering COGS for a business that was using such a platform to hide their efforts, and taking an average p... 
Best Amps for Magneplanar 1.7i Speakers
Magnepan 1.7 with the Bryston 4B3 & EAR 868 I quit looking for new gear a long time ago...sublime.   Edit: It is far too easy to overlook the importance of the preamp and the combination of the 3 need to be right.    
Whats playing on your system today?
Habib Koite........."Afriki"     
When someone tells you it's a $40,000 amp, does it sound better?
@mahlman   you had me at "precious pebbles".   Indeed Audiogon gold.     
EAR 834 line stage
I have the EAR 868 and a pig will fly over a frozen lake in hell before I would consider parting with it.  Paired with the Bryston 4B3.  They seem to love each other.   
When someone tells you it's a $40,000 amp, does it sound better?
Answer to OP and thread title.    Maybe. Maybe not.  
Class D Amplification Announcement
Will it take another 60 years for them to be able to drive Magnepans correctly?  Ok, that's tongue and cheek...but since capacitance is king for making planars truly come into their own, how will D get this done?    
Which pair of speakers changed your Hifi life?
Magnepan. Ruined me but in a good way. Changed my view of what real hifi should sound like. First time I ever heard a piano reproduced well.  
Best Sound Track Ever Vote for One
The Big Lebowski  
Speakers known for great midrange.
Trick question.  The answer isn't a stand mount and it takes more than the INT25 to drive the planars that  set the standard.  :)     
Mixed Brand Pre-Amp Power Amp Pairings that Work
I had a pairing in mind and contacted a fellow in Germany who evaluates equipment professionally.  I noticed in a few of his tests of some front end gear he used my proposed pairing in his reference system.  He wrote back confirming the pairing.  ... 
Should I use the dac in my node2i or the one in a marantz av7705?
IMHO, the DAC is a critical piece of kit on the front end and I prefer a stand alone option with its own power supply and a pleasing analog stage.    Stream --> DAC --> Preamp(tube) --> Amp --> Magnepan  A recipe for success.  I find... 
Balanced Line Stage Tube Preamps
@bdp24  I absolutely love my EAR 868. Clearly Art Dudley has good taste.  :)    For me it is all about and only about the sound.  EAR Yoshino delivers in spades.   
Too many choices for R2R DACS--opinions appreciated
Following this discussion with interest.  The DAC market has changed so much in the last 2 years that I keep stopping myself from taking the plunge.  The problem is simply not being able to audition any in my area.