Responses from ludimagis

Sonist vs Zu...Anyone?
I'm curious about the Sonist 3 also. I used Zu Druid for about a year and really liked them; good to very good with any type of music. The Druid were replaced by my Tekton Design Uruz, which are somewhat similar to the Sonist in that they utilize ... 
5 must have classical recordings
Here are some that are pleasant and easy for a beginner (I was in the same situation a few years ago)BEETHOVEN - "THE PASTORAL" 6TH SYM.J S Bach - The Orchestral SuitesHandel - Water MusicMozart - any of his symphoniesTchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suit... 
selling primare cd31, new cdp recommendations?
I don't about the other highly regarded names on your list but the 840c is an excellent player & a good match w/ the Rogue tube pre. If you get 1 used it will sell for the same amount if you don't like it. Good luck! 
Despriately looking for amp for Maggies 20.1
Check out Wolcott P280M, wonderful sound quality and user friendly. Will easily drive your Maggies. 
Rogue Sixty-six or Conrad-Johnson PV-12 ?
I really like both Mark's at Rogue and their 120 & 150 amps, but the 66 pre can be bettered at it's price range. 
internet radio
This link has 100's of internet classical stations. 
internet radio
I have an AMR CD77 with usb input. The DAC section is exceptional so I have been using free internet radio for some time.I usually use winamp ( )Here are some good stations and sites that I've 
Which Ahmad Jamal Recordings?
I have always liked the 20 bit Telarc; Live at Joe Segal's.You have to turn the volume up a little, but very good sonic quality for a live recording. 
vanalstine fet valve amplifiers
Not really sure where they fit in, but the 550ex is a very nice hybrid for the money. Probably sound's it's best with a speaker design that doesn't reach for too much resolution (think soft dome tweeter, not ribbon)It does need a Telefunken or oth... 
cdp soundstage
I had the same naim cd5x with a flatcap2x front end for awhileand even though I really liked the overall sound quality from the naim, soundstage size is the 1 aspect where it was lacking. My setup was in a smaller space and I got used to it. All o... 
Searching for a
I have a feeling if you swap out the Excellent, yet "laid back" Meridian G08; for a Naim CD5x you'll get very close to what you are listening for.I had a nice setup for awhile with the Naim CD5x (dynamic or boogie factor), Van Alstine 550ex (hybri... 
Best Sounding SACD
I can 2nd :Elton JohnRoxy Music-AvalonTierney Sutton- Dancing in the DarkAnd also:Carpenters-Greatest HitsSteve Earle- Guitar TownRory Block-last fair dealBob Dylan-Blood on the Tracks(pretty good) 
Shout out for Neil Young's Sugar Mountain Live LP
And the long awaited archives soon to follow; with a Jan 2009 release of a 10 disc set initially on blu ray discs. 
RCA living stereo releases.....
SACD RCA Living Stereo:RCASAM61387 Saint Saens / Symphony No. 3RCASA61388 Ravel / Daphnis Et ChloeRCASA61389 Strauss / Also Sprach ZarathustraRCASAM61390 Bartok / Concerto For OrchestraRCASAM61391 Beethoven & Mendelssohn / ConcertosRCASAM61392... 
Jazz:swingin, groovin modern big band recordings.
Check it out:Body & SoulErnie Krivda & the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Americatone Records, 2005