celtic66

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Have l become unstable?
jay23 collects the ‘Eye for Detail’ award as I misspoke my digital cable as a Shunyata Valhalla.  Must be a hybrid.  Nordost Valhalla.  My Homer Simpson moment.  Thanks jay23 for my Sunday morning humbling.  Thank you everyone for great feedback. ... 
Have l become unstable?
Buellrider97,I'll work on getting up the courage for the white polka dots.....  Thanks for input. 
Have l become unstable?
soix,I just need more dynamics.  I realize I could buy Manley Snappers and power the Merlins harder, but at the end of the day I need a speaker designed for more SPL on the occasion I want it.  BTW, the Merlins are terrific and do so much well.  N... 
Have l become unstable?
Thank you so much for insightful and useful information.  I've enjoyed the current system for years, just wanted to shove the envelope a bit.  Thanks again.  Ciao 
Picking a Tube integrated amp
VTL IT 85.  Rock solid and does not swoon like other tube gear that is not so well power regulated.  I owned the VTL TT-25 mono blocks and regret selling them as they did everything right.  And tube roll to your heart's content.Also USA built and ... 
Tube Preamps.....
Really?  No one mentioned a used Manley Neo Classic 300B with two pre-outs to support the Vandys in future with a JL sub?  There, I’ve said it.  Ciao 
Tube Preamps.....
Really?  No one mentioned a used Manley Neo Classic 300B with two pre-outs to support the Vandys in future with a JL sub?  There, I’ve said it.  Ciao 
where best to spend $2-3000 upgrade dollars in my system
Quadraspire X-Reference rack.  The room treatment suggestions are also great.  I would never have believed the quantum leap in every aspect of sound reproduction a great stand can produce had I not experienced it myself.  Best of luck. 
First Tube Amp
Might consider a hot rod Dynaco 70 from Vincent in Lewiston.  While I do not own one myself, I’ve spoken with quite knowledgeable audiophiles who attest to the premier sound and build of the product.  His upgrades are well thought out and applied.... 
noisy tube preamp
Upscale Audio for a tube overhaul.  Good information on the website.  Probably will fix the whole thing.  Enjoy. 
Can anyone recommend a great tube preamp that also has a headphone out?
Manley Neo-Classic 300B.  Just upgraded to Takatsuki 300B tubes which now makes it  officially amazing.  Used it falls in your price range.  
Putting your components inbetween your speakers.
I went to a 3 shelf Quadraspire lowering the previous 4 shelf.  The improvement was noticeable.  The imaging and detail improved. 
Looking to build a system for under $5k
Bluesound Vault 2 $1200, Rega Flex R integrated $1700, Rega RX 1 speakers $1300 leaving approximately $800 for cabling, stands and a nice Syrah.  I promise this system will rock! 
Speaker cable suggestions for Sugden A21SE integrated
AKG:  The speakers are Merlin TSM BME Black Magic monitors.  I've already upgraded the PC which did improve everything.  Thanks. 
Manley Jumbo Shrimp upgrade
Thank you for insightful responses.