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Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
Clearly any speaker will have the greatest impact on overall sound quality and it’s also the source of greatest distortion. All other components deliver significantly less distortion.  To get the best out of a high end speaker will require better ... 
Innuos Zen mk3 NG and Zenith mk3 NG introduced at Munich
I think the answer is yes.  
Innuos Zen mk3 NG and Zenith mk3 NG introduced at Munich
I am using the Zenith mk3 with their phoenix.  I think it depends on your DAC quality.  With the excellent DT 2 I think differences would be subtle.  I’m also very curious how much improvement the zenith ng will sound over my current gear.  I will... 
Innuos Zen mk3 NG and Zenith mk3 NG introduced at Munich
I have researched this and have placed an order for the Zenith NG.  I was told by the sales team that the unit will come with the option of standard USB and USB relocked lite as swappable modules.  They also said the stand alone Phoenix USB which ... 
New expensive power cord for amp and no change in sound?
I just upgraded all the cables in my system and a new power conditioner.  Spent about $20K.  I would describe the sonic benefit as marginal.  Instead of buying expensive cables I would save my money and buy better speakers.  That's where major imp... 
Best DAC’S $5k to $15k
I will add this.  If a DAC has a top quality volume control/preamp it can eliminate a component.  Not all DAC's have this ability.   
Perlisten D212 Subs (2) in the house.
It does do a test tone but there is no automatic adjustment.  
The Psychology of Constant (Equipment) Change
@tomcy6  100% correct.  
Wilson Alexia 2
I'm using my MSB Reference DAC as the pre which has an extra balanced input for my phono stage.  See my full system description.  
Wilson Alexia 2
I'd go with Parasound JC1+ mono.  I'm in the camp that many of the 40K-70k power amps don't provide the level of benefit commensurate to their price.  I run Classe Delta Mono's with my Alexx V's with great result.  The spec's on this amp along wit... 
Replaced Everything, New Gears waiting to be installed...
Congratulations.  Never heard of this before.... go big or go home approach I guess.  
Do you trust your ears more than measurements?
This also assumes we hear the same.  We don't.  When I look at a red car do you see the identical color red?  Probably not. Thus we all adjust to our own unique perceptions and, in turn, make adjustments for this uniqueness in our prefered SQ. For... 
Do you trust your ears more than measurements?
This all assumes there is one objective or subjective standard for SQ that we would all agree on.  That will never happen!    
How much does power amplifier really matter comparing to other hi-fi components?
If I were to do it again it would be; 1) Speakers- 50% 2) DAC with Preamp -25% 3) Integrated Power Amp-20% 4) Wires -5%  
Eliminated my preamp with amazing results
Beyond a volume control and component switching a preamp can help with matching the impedance between the source components and the power amplifier for optimal signal transfer. I think the reason some folks report improvement with a separate pre...