Thanks for the input,
I believe the sound of system is fairly well balanced, neutral to perhaps somewhat lighter/brighter side of neutral. Sometimes it sounds overly bright, but with a different record, or even CD, it will sound open, detailed, even warm. Bass is very well defined, but again, only with the right source. (This is with my old Linn Ekos/archiv, the Graham/koetsu is going in over the next few days. My love of Koetsu is regarding a Black I had a while back.)
I just feel I could have more of everything. My preference is more to the warmer side of neutral, as long as I don't give up detail and transparency.
One person, (whose several hundred posts on audioasylum indicate the person has lot's of experience, and is a big vinyl fan), has suggested that:
the 16LS is a "dark, dirty sounding preamp. Either switch to a LS-25 or a CAT preamp."
Yet another said:
"The premier 16ls is an absolutely great pre. More musical than euphonic- if that makes sence. The stereophile review is pretty accurate of the 16's qualities. You should get much better resolution with the 16 as well as sweeter mids/highs than the ARC. As compared to the Hovland hp-100, the cj would be a little warmer(theres that cj glow) and not quite as rythemy and pacey. The Hovland is great, don't get me wrong but I think that the cj would fit your bill."
It's strange how there can be two such diverse views.
Nuno Barbosa, Regarding a CD player, any thoughts on a used inexpensive (under 500) CD transport (to use with my Denon DAC (DVD 5000 with broke transport).