Responses from musiclover

feelings on Klipsch subs for audio systm
$1k speakers / Audio Refinement Complete
I have an ARC with a pair of Aegis 1 and I'm not very happy. If you like your music very laidback I guess it would be good, but I prefer forward and detailed. When I had the Aegius hooked to an Acurus rl-11 and A80 they sounded very good indeed, b... 
Compare intregrated amp ECI-3 VS.AR.
I'm curious where you guys think the Sim Audio I5080 compares to the AR Complete. These two units are in the same price range and I think the Sim is an honest challenger to the ARC. 
Best of value-based systems
I decided that I had about $1500 to get a system, and after much trial and error I came up with this(prices included shipping and tax): Audio Refinement Amp-$590, Nad C520 CDP-$220, Magnum Dynalab FT-11-$325, Acoustic Energy Aegis 1-$225, AP Oval ... 
Creek 4330R
I had one about a year ago, and overall it was nice for the price. The build quality was a litle lacking, but it sounded clean. I used it to replace a Jolida 202a(I thought I was upgrading). I would have to say that it is a good overall unit, but ... 
Please recommend Tube pre-amp(s)
Looks like I got to this discussion late. I own a Melos MA-333 Reference and absolutely love it. Before I bought it I auditioned in my system at home (Accuphase DP-55 cd, Rega Planar 3 w/Benz Micro Silver, Muse Model 160, Martin Logan SL3s w/Velod...