I am blown away by my Raysonic 168 with cryoed NOS tubes from ASITubeman. It's less than $3K. See Underwood HiFi ad pn Agon. FYI my previous player was a Bluenote Stibbert Mk II ($5K)!
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I have the Granite as well and like it very much . I don't have much experience listening to other equipment though .
I can only compare it to AA Prima , no contest the Granite is far superior , and to top of the line Cary . The Cary was not in my system , it sounded good but not better .
I was waiting to see if another member would chime in here . You might send "Trelja" an email and ask him your question . He has far more listening experience than I and owns the Granite .
I would be interested in what you find to replace the Granite .
Good luck .