Stop now, never get on A'Gon or any other audio website again. It is an addictive hobby, believe me when I say this.
thanks for the advice, fellas... i hear ya. this whole project started when i decided to add a subwoofer to enhance the HT experience. i then started reading about gear on a-gon and chatting with a VERY patient a-phile friend of mine... fast forward a few months and the entire system has been changed - every component.
i'm done, honestly. it may sound naive, but things are sounding so fabulous right now - to my ears at least - that i've quieted the upgrade bug!!
Shadorne, it will be my pleasure to offer assistance to anyone I can. As I mentioned, I drank deeply from the archives here and from a very good friend that’s been at it for many years. I am, admittedly, quite new to these waters, so hesitate to offer inputs beyond my direct experience, but will certainly comment where I can. I will assuredly get some pictures posted as soon as I'm able.
Gone is the Pioneer AV receiver, replaced by a Theta Casablanca II preamp and Mark Levinson No.29 power amp. The 10 year old disc spinner has been replaced by an Apple TV music server which feeds digital signal to the DACs in the CBII. The ADC speaks have been replaced by Green Mountain Audio Callistos resting atop Sonus Faber Extrema stands and a Velodyne HGS-15 THX Ultra 2 sub, and gone is the lamp wire in favor of Audio Arts Cables (interconnects, too). I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Roy at Green Mountain Audio and Rob at Audio Arts... two of the finest purveyors I have come across in a long time. I honestly thought the commitment these gentlemen have for their customers was not to be found any longer. They are exceptional... I've no affiliation, just a satisfied customer passing along my experience.
Turn the lights down, queue up a good recording, and it's almost creepy how visceral the experience is - the performers are right here in the room with me!
bingo... ADC 303AX. they were looking a bit dated, so a few years ago i made new grills for them which made them look, IMHO, fantastic. for such old speakers, they still sound fabulous. in fact, the last component i replaced was the ADC speaks, so satisfied was i with them for all these years.
thanks again, all!
Another way to keep enjoying things is to just take very small steps when upgrading. I kept creeping up with relatively cheap equipment, and I am enjoying every step of the way tremendously. Every little addition gives a whole new, and better, sound, it's bliss every couple years or so! If I ever win the lottery and lose my mind and buy a pair of Grand Kharma's with (insert name of insanely expensive and good amplification and sources) or something, the pleasure of getting better and better sound will be lost.