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Bluetooth Buds?
Buds are those tiny things that just sit at the bottom of the ear & no one I know uses them.For BT In Ear Monitors I like RHA Audio & there is no loss of performance with an over the ear closed back which I prefer for comfort & IMO bet... 
Portable DSD/DAC Headphone Amp for iPhone?
As a consumer I felt when auditioning head-fi DAC/amps that Chord was overpriced when compared to similar from iFi Audio... 
Love the gear (or listening to it) as much or more than the music? Sacrilege!
I freely admit I love gear almost as much as the music BUT not at the expense OF the music.While I've never bought any piece of gear based solely on appearance my system did end up with gear that just happens to look like a supermodel with the voi... 
What kind of listener are you?
IMO,you absolutely must be a bit of everything until you get your system to a point where the gear transcends existence & only the music remains..Some people never get there,either by choice or pig headedness not sure which. 
Does anyone collect something else other than music.
I have a small,very selective,automatic wrist watch collection & am active in an online community...Mostly Professional grade Divers watches,NO Rolex or Omega,I’m much more selective than a brand I can see a dozen of in any financial district ... 
Tube Preamp with Solid State Amp?
^^^ @ clearthink, to"dip a toe"in any waters is to start as small as $ possible with maximum gains..An inexpensive tube buffer would exhibit all the basics of how tubes affect the sound including true staging & instrument separation,depth of s... 
Tube Preamp with Solid State Amp?
If you just want to dip a toe in tube waters you could add a simple Tube Buffer.In a basic system such as yours it would make an immediate & positive impact on the tone,imaging & staging,cost about $100.00 +-... 
What do you think of my upgrades?
I'm running M30.1's in an acoustically treated room 14'x10'x8' with 18wpc.Triode Strapped KT88 tube amp & have NEVER had more realistic sound in my home..IMO you just don't need big power unless you listen LOUD most of the time you listen...I ... 
Tube Preamp with Solid State Amp?
@millercarbon ^^^AGREED!!! Raven Audio,Rogue Audio,Prima Luna,Yaqin & Cayin ALL offer full on tube integrated amplifiers that transcend anything you can get in a hybrid system & with those speakers you could get into a Single Ended Triode ... 
Looking for amp reccomendation
Add SimAudio & Unison Research to that list.Both use a sliding bias,Class A first 5 watts then Class A/B & have a reputation for organic,tone saturated sound..The Unison Research adds a Class A Triode Tube PreAmp stage ahead of MOSFETs... 
Any Opinions on the Quad Artera Solus
No friend,that was a tube amp...It required internal biasing when changing power tubes.You had to turn it upside down,open the bottom plate,power up the amp,use a multi meter & small screwdriver to adjust the input voltage..NOT a good idea for... 
Looking for amp reccomendation
IMO keep the surround system as is,get a good TUBE Integrated Amplifier or Hybrid Tube/SS & speaker cables,feed it from the surround processor via analogue outputs which it should have..When you want to listen to 2 channel just swap the speake... 
What do you think of my upgrades?
Those cabinet spaces would fit a pair of Harbeth M30.1/30.2 speakers perfectly & leave room underneath for some type of acoustic barrier like Auralex Speaker Dudes...Stay away from rear ported unless you’ll plug them up..Whatever you choose ma... 
Speakers for Pathos Classic One MKIII
Haven’t heard Kef or PSB’s in 20 years.Never heard the Q Acoustics but I like the combination of materials they use & have had experience with similar materials & really like the sound they are capable of.I have also used Dali Zensor 3’s &... 
Gaining listening experience without spending money
Mentioned above only once that I see,it is MANDATORY that you start with live music.If you don’t know what real instruments,in real space sound like you can never get where you want to be..Also don’t drink the PRICE = performance coolaid,we live i...