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Bookshelf speakers that renders 3D soundstage
OP said under $2K,... not sure the Focals can be had for that but if so, hard yes! The best I've found are ProAc, Tablette. There are many incarnations under $2K maybe even a gently used set of Tablette 10. The search stops here, literally throw a... 
Wondering...
Yeah, my intention wasn't to get into a parallel spending situation. I don't believe that's a valid formula. But having said that, I do have about the same money invested in my TT/phono pre as I do my DAC/streamer. Interesting how that manifested ... 
What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
So don't really consider myself a tube roller. Never fuss with my tube amp - new stock Genelex GLs in the KT88 and EL84 slots. They are tried and true. I have a tube DAC as well and want to play around with that at some point. See where the 12au7/... 
What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
@jjss49 so I purchased them locally from the audio estate of one of the most knowledgeable and respected tube-gear lovers I'd ever met. I've had them in a box with other tubes from his estate for over a year and never had the time to dig in and se... 
What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
Ok so just came across some incredible Tungsram, NOS 12ax7/ecc83 that might not be high-end, but that make my high-end lineatage play like I've never experienced before. Have run through, Sovtek, Mullard, Telefunken, Genalex and now these Tungsram... 
Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Went to college in 1980 with a suitcase, hockey bag, 4 sticks & a clock radio - everyone had Marantz this, Pioneer that, AR, Advent & Kenwood... I was so envious of these other kids and their setups. Fast forward 2yrs. I left school for op... 
Couple of Line Conditioners...
TY boys... so I had a Silver Circle, JuiceBox that I liked. I grabbed these PS Audio UOs to sort of replace that piece. I liked the Welborne better than the JB so sold it off. Will give these UOs a bit more time - see what happens.   
Tube Recommendations Please
Yeah, these came from an estate of fabulous vintage audio gear. The Tungsrams I'm speaking about are in boxes that had never been opened... until I popped out two and put them in my linestage. The gentleman was stashing them away for himself and o... 
Tube Recommendations Please
Pulling this back out but have to share... went from stock Sovtek 12ax7s in my Calypso to NOS Mullards from Upscale. I thought they were terrific in this Linestage. Of course, never satisfied I brought in 2 vintage matched Telefunkens pushed by th... 
Looking for Speaker Recommendations
People generally recommend what they have or have had. Most put a lot of research into their purchases and have chosen accordingly; makes perfect sense. Few however get a chance to a/b/c several brands because shops, for the most part, only carry ... 
Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...
Can toss Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys & Dianna Ross into the mix. All three very distinctive and certainly have their smokey/jazzy material. I too like Aimee Mann not so much for her voice but for her vibe and songwriting. Chaka Khan can punch it... 
Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...
@917nut  YES on Dusty... was my mom's absolute favorite. Has no one mentioned Adele? - voice of the decade. Lauryn Hill, amazing! Amy Lee of Evanescence, C'mon. May not be the OPs cup of tea but geez. Barbara Streisand, Blossom Dearie, Anne Bisson... 
Need recommendations for a streamer
Anyone still using (still available?) an Elac, Discovery? I use mine hardwired to a Mac AirPort Express wirelessly connected to another AirPort that's hardwired to my router. Have a BNC to RCA Coax connection (various better cables) to a Line Magn... 
Finally made the transition to a tube preamp!
I started with a tube linestage, Sonic Frontiers SFL-1... I was hooked. The sound was so much more than my SS preamp had offered. I moved to a Manley, Shrimp that I just recently sold. I loved that piece and thought it was a super match with my Qu... 
Has anyone had on of these CD players? How good are they?
Have experience with the Sony, CDP-608ESD and it’s a wonderful deck; found it compared favorably or totally surpassed the performance of several Simaudio, Theta, Rega decks. Looks wonderful too with its walnut sides. Don’t shy away from vintage pi...