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Recommnedation for the BEST SOUNDING integrated amp up to $3500
All sand amps sound the same if power/level matched so just get any 100w Creek/Arcam amp.Otherwise it's got to be tubes. I've always thought that the Leben integrateds look great, but like many tube integrateds, may be underpowered for your needs. 
Speaker upgrade question - Wilson vs Focal
@graystoke, good advice considering how well they hold their price. 
looking for ideas on must have classical music
@ott, "Classical music consists in a vast array of sub-genres, and almost limitless modes of expression."Yes that's easily forgotten when you want a similar Classical thrill to some hard rock or harmonic pop.Speed/ tempo is probably the main crite... 
Shocked removed spikes, used blue tack, what other non spike footer
@audiopoint, great stuff, keep it  coming. Fascinating subject.Something tells me they’ll still be trying in vain to disprove Relativity in a 100 years time.The artistic masterpiece of the 20th century.  
Speaker upgrade question - Wilson vs Focal
Excellent drivers, beautiful cabinets, so apart from the cost what is there to dislike about Wilson speakers? 
Speaker Clarifiers?
Very slick website, love the pseudo science. Great value too by the look of it.Adding extra unexplained circuitry is always a good idea. Especially if it costs more than a decent loudspeaker. Far better than mere good double glazing and sound proo... 
Speaker upgrade question - Wilson vs Focal
I think you know the answer already - you want the Wilson's. We audiophiles are used to waiting, and if you can wait I'm sure a decent pair of used Sasha's will turn up. Wilson audio make some odd looking speakers but the Sasha's or the Yvette's a... 
Speakers under $50k that rival $200k+ speakers?
I'd take an educated guess that the Linkwitz LX521 will match or surpass anything at $200k for a great deal less than $50k.http://www.linkwitzlab.com/LX521/Description.htm 
looking for ideas on must have classical music
I can see why you ask as a list like this could be virtually endless. Add to to that all the different performances of the same pieces at different times and you realise this could make assembling a system seem like a doddle! It might be a good id... 
Shocked removed spikes, used blue tack, what other non spike footer
It's a complicated business, at least for me. Better isolation will let you hear the drivers better with a cleaner sound mainly due to reduced baffle/cabinet/ drive unit chatter and resonance. I think.But that's not always a good thing because a l... 
Price vs performance
@soix , yes some of them are spookily good. I’ll never forget hearing this 50s Jazz combo doing big band via vinyl - it was like something out of Poltergeist. Never experienced better imagery.Mind you the speakers were pretty special too - the Ava... 
Price vs performance
@boxer12, I agree that the human voice and unamplified music could be used as reference points given the proviso that they were recorded with as little ’enhancement’ as possible. I used to think that the recording industry practices were somewhat ... 
Price vs performance
@kenjit , you present some interesting arguments."There is no such thing as a good or bad designer."You can’t mean that, surely? "There are no standards to meet so thats exactly what youd expect."Yes, the lack of standard testing criteria does not... 
Would an Isolation TT platform further improve my TT?
@luxmancl38, although I’m a great believer in isolation I wouldn’t try too hard in your case. The PD 171 is already one hell of a record deck. Your existing stand/concrete floor will filter most of the higher level seismic garbage (a la Technics S... 
Shocked removed spikes, used blue tack, what other non spike footer
@cheeg, a friend of ours has a pair of beautiful Eltax Symphony floorstanding loudspeakers (part of a 5:1 system) stood on a double (?) layer of carpet. Of course we tut-tutted and muttered a few comments about what the reviewers would say about s...