Responses from knotscott

What’s your top 5 Christmas albums ?
Creole Christmas - Traditional fare with a unique Cajun flare.Carpenter’s Christmas Portrait - Karen’s voice!Harry Connick Jr - When My Heart Finds ChristmasA Rockin’ Little ChristmasGod Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen 
What's your definition of an audiophile? guys are tough!  And I just thought an audiophile is someone with a passion for recreating music in their home via electronics. 
All New Magico A5 Loudspeakers // Biggest "BANG" For Your BUCK On The Market ?!
Don’t know how the A5’s sound in comparison, but I got to hear the Magico S5 MkII recently.   They were driven by Convergent amp and preamp, and the sound was incredible. Best system I’ve heard by a wide margin.  
Tubes most likely to improve SQ?
Tubes will respond and sound different in different circuits, so YMMV. The best 12AU7 I’ve tried in my amps are the RCA clear tops. I’ve also been really happy substituting a 12BH7 for a 12AU7... love those. Different el34s can sound quite differe... 
Who are your three favorite female singers?
Karen Carpenter Linda RondstadtJennifer WarnesHonorable mention - Norah Jones, Ella Fitz, Rebecca Pidgeon 
Wanting to get back into the hobby and want to start with the speakers.
Welcome back! First off, what you like the sound of is extremely subjective, so it’s imperative to buy what YOU like. Secondly, placement is critical for any good speaker, so don’t worry about it being a concern for the Maggies. Thirdly, the quali... 
Best "Bang for the Buck" you have owned?
My whole system is "poor man’s highend". All excellent bang for the buck, and had most of it for 30 years. Dynaco/VTA ST-70, Lazarus preamp, AT-LP120XUSB w/AT-VM95 shibata, DIY cables, Sterling Acoustics speakers ....a taste of good champagne for ... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Jon Fogerty - Blue Moon SwampWhat a great album.  Classic CCR/Fogerty, excellent recording.  Still rockin' strong in his 70s!  ....seriously, he was good as ever on this album, and on tour last summer. 
Wharfedale Elysian 4 - Thoughts?
No direct experience, but I’ve never heard a Wharfedale speaker I didn’t like.  Much respect for the company. Based on that, they’d be on my list to audition. 
To venture back into vinyl or not,...that is the question.
I was in the same boat.  Several years ago I sold off my AR-ES1 with a Premier MMT arm and Grado Signature 8 cartridge.  Earlier this year picked up an Audio Techica LP-120XUSB and put a VM95SH on sounds amazing, and it sounds better tha... 
Charging A Fee To Demo An Amplifier In A Brick & Mortar Store
Seems lame to me. 
External DAC?
If you don’t need volume control or MQA try a Topping E30. There are a lot of good DACs out there you don’t need to spend a fortune for great sound. I added a Topping E30 to the digital output of my 20 year old Denon DCM-440. I wasn’t sure what t... 
Amps for Focal Maestros
I.e., want to buy my last set of amps.   Have you looked into the Convergent amps?  Incredible bass drive, along with incredible everything else. 
Never Owned a Tube Amp and Want Advice
Selecting tubes and tube amps to suit your needs is very subjective, plus there are a bunch of variables that are unique to each situation. Pick a well regarded amp circuit as a starting point, and get your feet can taylor the types and ... 
Which Preamp.
I think you'd be remiss if you didn't give the Convergent preamp a good long's the real deal.