|I need help choosing a budget phono stage gift|
Hagerman Bugle3. It's right in your price points and, because it uses socketed op amps, you can upgrade it later by swapping out the op-amps with discretes (Sparkos would probably work best).
|Which DACs are known to be sweet/rich/relaxed?|
Try a Musical Paradise MP-D2, get the DAC chip upgrade, Jupiter Copper Foil caps, GZ34 rectifier and 6SN7 tubes. That ought to do the trick.
|Cornwall IV – tube (amp) choice|
Have someone build you an Elekit TU-8600 (with Lundahl transformers). Best money you'll ever spend.
|Whats on your turntable tonight?|
Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack
|Every day I see another turntable recommendation...|
Hit up Kat at Upscale Audio. She's very knowledgeable and, if you buy the cartridge from them, they'll set everything up for you as well.
|2nd systems- who’s got one?|
Four here: office, home office, living room and garage. Garage is my primary.
|American Made Audio Products |
Omega Loudspeakers are assembled in the US with us made drivers. Highly underrated underrated.
|Usb or Optical |
It depends on the quality of the USB controller. I've seen some devices (Raspberry Pi) where it seems to make a lot of difference. I always go optical or Spidf whenever possible.
|Please Recommend Highly Efficient Floor Standing Non-Horn Speaker Suggestions|
Omega Loudspeakers. They're beautiful, efficient and sound fantastic.
|MM vs MC Cartridges|
I echo Fuzztone. Get a step-up transformer from kandkaudio.com. Your MC cart will get the authority it needs.
|I need a subwoofer recomendation |
If you can stretch you budget a little, Omega subs are great and they look great too
|A** Kicking, Rock and Roll!|
Try The Bronx
|Speakers for daughter|
You may be able to find a scratch and dent scratch and dent Klipsch RP 600M. Check Amazon. Those are fantastic with not that many watts required.
|Efficient speaker: Zu, Tekton, Volti, Klipsch, Fleetwood?|
Omega Loudspeakers. Wonderful full range speakers that are fantastically efficient.
|Modern "Vintage" Sounding Preamps|
Big fan of the Tubes4HiFi SP14. Rich and warm 6SN7 preamp ersand plenty of clarity in detail.