I recently made some upgrades to my system. Here is the final formation:
Denon 5900 Universal Player with Underwood Level 1 Upgrade.
Joule Electra LA-100 MKIII Line Stage.
Musical Fidelity A-3CR
B&W Nautilus 803
Nordost Quattro Fil Interconnects
Nordost Red Dawn Bi-wire Speaker Cables.
wireworld silver electra III+ on Denon
Electraglide Fat Man K on Joule and MF
All this was done within a six-month period. As a result, I have never been more broke in my life, yet was never happier. I do not see how anyone could want more than what I am hearing from this system.
I do not want to bore the readers with all the usual creteria of a good system, such as frequency extends, sound stage, resolution, image, air, sweetness, ets. Instead, I will just say the wholistic experience while listening to good recordings is just breath taking. Each time, I sat in my listening chair for hours, and never wanted to leave.
The thing that impressed me the most is the timbre of instruments. Not only do I hear the glorious weight and authority of a nine foot concert grand piano, I even heard the distintive difference in tonal quality between a Steinway Grand and a Bosendorfer. Night after night, I felt being in the same room with the wonderful musicians of the Berlin Philharmic, or the Vienna Philharmonic, pouring their hearts out over the music. There is no other words to describe the sound but "sheer magic."
While I am cognitive of the fact that if I sell my house, I might still be able to upgade my system to yet another level. But as it is now, I am already in "hi-fi heaven" each time I listen.
I suspect some readers might question the wisdom of spending more on cables than the power amplifier. I would only observe that the beauty of the MF-3cr is not only in its musicality, but the reasonablness in price. Because of that, it allowed me to invest in better interconnects and power cables. This amplifier is one of those rare breeds of high end components that most of us dreamed on finding: down to earth priced with world class sound and build quality. I know it sounds a little farfetched to suggest that one could actually fall in love with an electronic equipment. In my case, let's just say I felt an enormous gratitude and affection towards this lovely little amp.