No although it would take a great no killer deal on something else to replace my Dynaudio C1's or Octave V70SE. OK maybe yes with those two.
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Brands i like:
Companies I love AND hate:
Companies I once loved and now hate:
Companies i always disliked:
California Audio Labs
Unfortunately the brand I am hooked on, Meadowlark Audio, is long out of business. Have owned 6 pairs of Meadowlarks and most recently got a good deal on a pair of Shearwater Hot Rods. I had a pair a few years ago but sold them when we moved. Loving them again, even more now that I have a room that accommodates them.
Well, addicated is way too strong a word in my case, but here are the manufacturers that I currently look to first when I get the urge to upgrade:
( ) = Equipment I currently own
ASR Audio Systeme
And yeah, I know, my cabling list is too short. But I just have not gotten too much into auditioning cables, even though I know I should.
My two cents worth anyway.
The common denomenator is my personal preferences.
Be it by advertising, appearances, sound, vibes, past experiences, breakdowns, using for many years, never hearing or seeing just feeling 'cool' or 'yuck', loving the sound, hating the sound,
endless variety of reasons.
Looking for a common denominator: only one: my preference.
When it comes to tubes, I'm a fan of old Amperex, Siemens & Telefunken... as well as new production SED power tubes.
When it comes to electronics, I enjoy and trust Aesthetix, McIntosh & Conrad Johnson.
I love my Harbeth M-40.1 speakers. I like & have owned many Dynaudio speakers (Audience, Contour & Confidence lines).
I avoid SimAudio, Musical Fidelity and YBA.
Electronics wise I'm mad about McCormack. My absolute dream system would be all McCormack taken to the Ultra Platinum level. If possible all ICs would be McCormack Wonderlinks too. I'd have a McCormack Ultra Platinum SST-1 -> Ultra Platinum DAC-1 -> Ultra Platinum TLC-1 -> pair of Ultra Platinum DNA .5 or DNA-1 monoblocks depending on the speakers. That would be sonic heaven for me.
The dream system for the basement would be all Kavent. I have mostly Kavent in my main system right now and am very happy with them.
Speaker wise I'm addicted to KEF.
Other amp favorites are: Nelson Pass Threshold, Pass Labs
Digital player favorites: higher end Pioneer Elite
I don't have exposure to the more expensive brands mentioned above so these are my addictions right now.