This might be a fun complement to all the best album of the year threads on the music board, which I love posting in by the way, but have a hard time finalizing. So, what was your favorite piece of gear you came into this year? I put together a completely new system this year so could list a few choices here. I love my Clearaudio Avantgarde table, it was a total steal which makes it even better, but truth be told, I have a couple other tables that would get me by without a big loss in the enjoyment factor if the Avantgarde never happened. I also picked up some Monitor Audio Gold series monitors with the ribbon tweeters, love the magic that happens in the top end, and I can get completely lost in the music when everything is just right, but they still aren't quite where this system wants to be in my mind, so they were a super purchase in mint condition at half of new cost, but will probably be replaced at some point, maybe with a pair of their top of the line PL200 series, on the lookout for a good deal. Lots of possibilities, love speaker shopping. Also got a pretty good deal on a Conrad-Johnson Premier 11A amplifier this year in really nice condition, and with a few sets of tubes. Really love everything about this amp, the way it brings the music into the room, just gives it such a lovely sheen, but never draws attention to itself. I really like it, but still, I have a couple other amps that don't give away that much to it, so even though it's the anchor to a very nice system, it may not be essential. The Benz Micro Wood SL cartridge? I so love that golden Benz sound, really may be the only cartridge I need until the end, but I do have a couple other cartridges that could get me by without too much lost. The Benz Glider I used for many years is no slouch either. And then there is the Conrad-Johnson phono preamp, in the case of this system, it's the phono stage in the PF-2 preamp from the early 90s. One of the things I love about this preamp is the complete absence of electrolytic capacitors, anywhere. I followed this same path with my own audio designs in the 90s, it leads to such a natural and relaxing sound, so it does mean a lot to me. But in the end, I still long for a tube-based phono preamp with those same design ideals, so have been on the lookout for a Conrad-Johnson Premier 15 with upgrades. But the piece that isn't gonna change any time soon is the main preamp, a Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS2. Beautiful piece of gear. I love the heavy aluminum remote control, the precision resistor relay-controlled volume control, the triodes, the teflon capacitors, the simple circuitry, everything about it is there just to make music sound good. So that takes us to winner, the best hardware acquisition I made in 2017 was the Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS2 preamp. What was yours?