Thanks for all the great input. I was up half the night and this morning moving speakers around, trying several radical positions that I hadn't tried before. What a learning experience! The most extreme was getting the speakers as far apart as the room would allow and as near toward my head as the foot of the bed, creating an 8 ft wide but only six foot deep triangle. This widened, deepened and brought the stage forward with decent fill in the center, but too much separation on some cds. Unfortunately it also made the traffic pattern impossible, so I gradually shifted the speakers back and in, as a compromise. I also tried moving the speakers ( as suggested ) a foot from the front wall which did bring the stage forward, but no more so than the last speaker position I tried which seemed to be the best. I use a combination of solo voice & orch. ( Renee Fleming/ Bel Canto cd ), small vocal ensemble, string quartet and cello and piano (Rostpovich, Serkin / Brahms ) and a few modern orchestral recordings. I found the string quartet to be the most useful and settled on speaker placement having what I felt was the best three dimensional image in the room. All this evavuating was done in total darkness or with my eyes shut, I wonder If I was successful in fooling myself? Subjectivity aside, I will continue to experiment with speaker placement when I ( hopefully soon ) locate my Patricia Barber Companion cd! Bottom line is a marked improvement , somewhat closer sound stage and the best imaging so far. Now regarding ICs and cables. Thanks for your vital input re Virtual Dynamics. I had already pretty much settled on finding used AZ Matrix ll ( Silver Ref is a bit more than I can do ) with used Satori cables if I can find a deal on them. But now I will read up on V Dynamics and their potential to bring evreything forward, and look for them as well. I have a small problem with bass resolution and have it in the back of my mind to add a DAC later on after settling on cables. But I keep reminding myself ONE THING AT A TIME! The term 'audiophile' ( which I don't yet consider myself ) surely must fit some clinical definition of disease. Again thanks so much for you valuable help. A-Goners are the best.