My system can be laid back or forward (I'm referring to the forward plane of the soundstage) depending on the source. I have a laidback CDP for orchestral music and a more forward DAC for vocal, small groups, solo instruments, etc. I like the latter because it really brings the players into the room further and makes them sound a bit more like they might if they were live. You really can't do much for orchestral in that regard so I just go for the hugh sound stage effect. My turntable set up is on the laid back side as well - I no longer have room for two tables, so I'm stuck.
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