Quote: Originally Posted by Drag0n /img/forum/go_quote.gif Benchmark dac isnt any better, and may even sound more cold and clinical. What makes a Benchmark any better? Because its more mainstream? And also.....Meier supports Head-Fi Because using it with the preamp would reduce the cost substantially AND it measures extremely well empirically. That means there would be no need to upgrade it whatsoever. As for "cold and clinical", I don't listen to such tripe conclusions myself. Quote: MartinLogans are hard to place. My friend has them, and i wouldnt buy them now. Hes been in 3 homes, and in each one, his SL3's arent sounding good, and he has great equipment. Maybe you guys just don't like the sound of them? It could also have to do with the height and distance . . . Quote: I love Maggies, but the Bryston 3bst might not be big enough for some models, although the Vincent may do it. The Gallo is an awesome speaker. Dont discount it just because you havent heard it. Ive heard all of the aformentioned speakers. I suggest planar dipoles because of low distortion, good measurements, and amazing soundstage. As for power, it does depend on the model. I have my SMGa pair running on 25W from my Niles and they get more than loud enough for my room (given, it's a small room). I think the power requirements can get blown out of proportion, especially when you use the math to figure listening distance and efficiency. Quote: Velodyne isnt better than REL, and may not be any better than SVS, id have to directly compare. Hm? Does REL offer servo subs now? The reason I ask is there's so many good companies that offer them and lower distortion because of it, that I can't recommend a sub that has little to no way to lower it and call it "better". Quote: The equipment i listed is some of the best before having to spend alot of money. I dont think ive heard any speaker better than the Gallo Nucleus Reference 3 for under $5000. I would only purchase otherwise if hes wanting bookshelf speakers with a sub. And that's your opinion which is perfectly fine.