|best recordings for a sense of scale|
Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions is the best non-classical or orchestra example that comes to mind.Recorded in St Peter's cathedral I believe it has a very good sense of the space and the environment in which the recording took place.There was also...
|Ultimate pre/power amp for Sonus Faber Memento|
You should add Plinius to your list of potential choices also as they offer at least 2-3 models which would meet all of your criteria.
|Sim Audio i-5 or Bel Canto s300id integrated|
Go with the Sim. more powerful sounding, ability to drive a wider range and better bass.Also consider Plinius.Type of speakers you are driving would be helpful.
|Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Comparison|
The XRCD and the SACD are both very, very good. On a great SACD player the SACD may have a slight edge.
|Room Setup Question|
I have faced a similar situation as the listening position in my reference room is nearly on the back wall.ASC makes a panel called the matrix panel which is good for rear wall with close listening position applications.good luck and happy listening!
|Which cd players have digital INPUT?|
Esoteric SA50 has multiple digital inputs and sounds exceptional.(disclaimer: I am a reseller)Anyone in the Charlotte area wants to hear one shoot me an e-mail.
|Upgrade with best price/performance ratio|
Furutech fuses make a surprising difference for the small investment whcih they require.(disclaimer: I am a dealer)Jim Smith's book Get Better Sound for $25 or $30 is great also. i do not sell that though :-)
|What makes a Cd player a Great cd player|
General rule of thumb is 3x your vinyl rigs cost should make your ears pretty comfortable.The closest to vinyl that I have heard lately is the Esoteric X-05.(dealer disclaimer here)
|Recommended acoustic recordings|
Check Atkins/Mark Knopfler Neck and Neckvirtually any Holly Colevirtually any Diana KrallNirvana Unplugged
|Review: Jim Smith Home Consultation & Set Up Speaker|
Very nice.Congrats and thank you!
|Favorite 5 Hard Rock albums Driving Music|
Metallica Ride the Lighting & Master of PuppetsPearl Jam 10Nirvana NevermindSoundgarden Badmotorfinger
|Most unusual/mesmerizing female voice.|
Hope WaitsHolly Cole
|Question about MH-770 Ultralinear II speaker cable|
It can be effective with non spectral gear also.The only thing you would absolutely not want to use it with would be certain tube amps.It should work nicely with most solid state designs
|More female vocals|
Look for Hope Waits. I could only find it on Amazon - great female vocalist.Linda Eder is exceptional as well.
|Best Match for Dynaudio Contour S3.4?|
Stick with Plinius.