Responses from lou_setriodes

What should I upgrade first on my budget system?
I would look to upgrade the preamp first to a tube preamp.  Organ amps make wonderful audio amps because of the heavy duty transformers they use and the fact that Will Vincent made it, I’m sure it’s an amazing power amp.   Also, I don’t subscrib... 
CD player suggestions...
I 12th the Audiolab 6000CDT.  An excellent unit to couple with a good DAC.  
Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?
I had a great, under the radar tuner from them, the NEC T-710.  The A-7 and A10 integrated amps looked great too as did those mono blocks, M50’s I think?  
Pre Amp for a PA-7?
Duh! How did I not realize that until now PA/CA7, PA/CA5, I still like the minimalist CA5 :)   For well under $1K, there’s lots of nice preamps to choose from on USAM now. Classe DR4L, Electrocompaniet Ampliwire IIa, Forte Model 2, Acurus L10, N... 
Pre Amp for a PA-7?
Everything in audio is about synergy between components. Having owned Nak cassette decks but not their separates, I can’t comment on the authenticity of his remarks, other than to say - the Nak preamps were built to augment and work with their pow... 
Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?
I forgot this one: B&O stood for Barely Operational, not Bang & Olufsen  
Time/Process of Hooking up New Equipment
jji666 - Yes, I’m pretty much the same way.     Also, if I open up a box that I just received and if the packing looks suspect, I take tons of pictures as I’m unpacking it - just in case I need to file a claim.    
Any Musicians Not on Spotify?
Excellent suggestion mahler123, thank you.  Right after I record the 3 musicians I listed above.  
Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?
I sold audio gear in retail for a couple of years in the early 90’s in the suburban Philadelphia market.  Here’s a few things I remember: 1.  NAD stood for “Not Always Defective” 2.  Sony ES stood for “Extra Sides”  (Our store carried the regula... 
The one time you want to pull out but she says no.
From the title, I really thought you were talking about something else ;)  
Looking for advice
I have a Bluesound Node 2i going onto an AudioGd NFS-1 DAC and Audiolab 6000CDT transport.  I was strongly considering a Cambridge Audio transport since I previously had the Azur 840C CD player but the reviews on the Audiolab seemed better.  Very ... 
Tuner choice
I’ve been through lots of tuners over the past 40 years, many highly acclaimed by the fm tuner info site.  The Sansui TU717 is an excellent tuner that I had many years ago.  I much prefer analog tuners to digital ones with the exception of a Merid... 
Any favorites for cosmetics/design/how a product looks?
I like odd sized gear, Brit shoe box sized integrated amps & separates, triangular cassette decks like the one from Yamaha & Nakamichi or top loading ones like the early Tandberg cassette decks, The 200 series of Meridian gear, boxy CD pla... 
Time/Process of Hooking up New Equipment
I also relax and take my time when adding a piece of gear or moving things around to different shelves. Kren0006 - been there, done that too for many years when I was married :)  
The Audiophile's Wife no longer putting it out?
It’s been over 3 months since her last post and I’m Jonesin’ for some new material from her. Grannyring, I hope you and your wife and families are all well, and if so, could you kindly ask her to get busy writing. Her skills are greatly in demand ...