Responses from joemarsh

Which is REALLY the best Conrad Johnson Preamp
PV14 > ET3 SE > ET5Each step better than the last. I remember Jeff Fischel saying expect"more" of everything with the ET 5 - he was so right. 
High value, giant killer speakers?
I felt that the early Sonus Faber's and ProAc's had something special about them - Supertowers and Minima Amators.... 
Any other lone audiophiles here?
I feel you. I have completely built my system off audio shows - when they occur near me. That and manufacturers. I bought a used SOTA turntable many years ago through the paper. Now I realize what a deal I got. The guy came over and setup the turn... 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
Early 90's hearing the Sonus Faber Electa Amators backed by Classe electronics. The speakers disappeared and the soundstage was past the walls. The salesman played Mickey Hart's Planet Drum. Never forget it. 
Metal cabinet speakers
Nobody mentioned Piega Speakers from Switzerland. Amazing speakers. 
The best speaker for a small any price point.
Dynaudio Special 25, Joseph Audio Pulsars, any awesome Sonus Faber 2-way: Electa Amator, Guareni... 
Replacing my MFA Luminescence B2 preamp
FOR GOD"S SAKE, the Luminescence is one of the most sought after pieces in audio history. It’s phonostage is the stuff of legend. Call Scott Frankland, original designer. He’ll keep you in action. (408) 432-1500 [email protected] you want to ... 
I’m gob smacked. What were you’re aha moments?
The first time I heard the Sonus Faber Electa Amator’s.... 
Thinking about upgrading, but wondering about diminishing returns
Lots of good responses here. I agree with most of these and wouldn’t really add much. i too have an all CJ system that lives in my living room. I do not have the luxury of having a dedicated sound room. I recently removed all the furniture from th... 
CJ Premier 17LS2 vs ET5/7
I'm about to receive a ET-5. I currently own a ET-3 SE. Kevin Deal from upscale recommends the Russian tube 6N23P. I have several vintage from Reflektor as well as the Voskhod plants. I've also seen the Mullard E188CC recommended. Will be looking ... 
Tube amp repair in the SF Bay Area
I would also recommend Scott Frankland of MFA/Wavestream Kinetics/Wells Audio fame. He does custom work and I always see interesting stuff in his shop. He keeps my tube stuff running and prospering. He's in San Jose at [email protected] 
Your Forever Pieces? What and Why?
I have a MFA Magus B bought in 94. Have upgraded it twice. I use it only for the phonostage now. Shout out to Sota turntables. Had a Satelite from 91 to 2005 and traded it for a Nova. Never will let it go. Also, have a Koetsu Rosewood from 86.  
Discontinued equipment that you wish were still here. What do you miss or think will miss?
I miss companies like MFA and Counterpoint. 
The nightmare of the cartridge buyer...
I actually agree with the basic sentiments that started this thread. It’s impossible to listen to everything in circumstances that resemble your listening environment. It’s all a bit of a leak of faith. I would add add that I have a Miyajima Kansu... 
Curious what people think is the best "value" high end speaker (~5K to 15K)
I walked several shows and decided that the Dali Euphonia 4, 5 and now the Epicon series were giantkiller at the sub 15K level. Someone mentioned the Focal Elektra 1038 and, of course, Joseph Audio and Vandersteen are always strong.