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OMG, just removed my speaker grills and the sound just opened up to a new level!
KEF R3 have really nice looking magnetic grills, but I do remove them when I listen. 
$3000 stand mounted speakers?
That's a big room for 40 wpc and stand mounts in that price range. I have 2 KEF R3s with a sub, right in your price range, in a smaller room and twice that power and sometimes I think I'm pushing it.  
Albums that you listen to straight through / start to finish whenever you put them on!
Grover Washington Jr. Wine light. 
New Cartridge
I have the Ortofon Bronze for a few months. I'm very satisfied, big improvement over my Grado red II.It's in your price range. 
Considering getting a CD player (again). Used? New? Criteria?
Yamaha CDS2100 / SACD Good quality DAC via USB, balanced connections and a real solid transport. This unit weighs about 35lbs it's a rock.The price has been dropping as the new models come in but not sure how low yet. If you see a used one it's wo... 
What player to stream Amazon HD with?
Wow, I could have written this question myself. I'm streaming Amazon through my lap top and it sounds great but I want more convenience. Love to hear which streamers work with Amazon HD.  
Why are brick and mortar HiFi dealers so bad?
I live on eastern Long Island. Back in the 70s and 80s there were plenty of places to shop for audio. Today the closest one is 30 miles away, and they are moving. You can buy plenty of Theater equipment, since there's a best buy in every corner. I... 
Advantages of owning equipment from major audio brands vs. boutique shops?
I went through the same thing building my system. It's hard to choose components when there are so many choices and it's hard to hear everything. Reviews are all over the place and many times prefer boutique brands over major brands. I finally mad... 
Blown away with 2 speakers hifi sound!
Upgrading equipment is always exciting. I recently upgraded my cartridge and it sounds like I bought a new system. Audio equipment is like a vehicle, a Ford and a Bentley are very different, but it's still fun to get out and drive. Enjoy the drive. 
A different method of streaming.
I am far from an authority on these matters, I do realize all CD players have a DAC. I believe I can access it directly by plugging in a USB and connecting to my laptop to stream? If I'm wrong, correct me. I'm fairly new at this hobby. 
A different method of streaming.
Daledeee1 thanks for your input. I also got one of those cheap bluetooth devices. Tau Tronics TT-BT08 $40 and worth it since it will act as a receiver from my phone and a transmitter to my bluetooth headphones, but there's a significant difference... 
Choosing a cartridge for a vintage TT.
roberjerman thank you for the insight. I have heard of that particular cartridge before and it does get good reviews. But it is a low output MC and I'll need to check the specs on my phone stage to make sure I have enough db for this cartridge. Th... 
need recommendations for standmount speakers
I have had the KEF R3s with the KEF R400B subwoofer for about a year. I think the combination is great. I have not heard most of the other speakers mentioned in this thread so I cant give you a comparison. I have the R3s in piano black to match th... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Gaucho and Donald Fagan Night Fly. 
Whats playing on your system today?
Grover Washington Jr. Winelight.