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Responses from pdreher

Aesthetix Service Runaround
never had a problem with their service... and only had one time in approx. 7 years that I ever had the need to send in my Calypso, and it ended up not even being an Aesthetix issue. 
Thoughts on a new tube amp for high end rig? The last piece!
I like Yogiboy's suggestion of Quicksilver V4's with KT150 tubes.  A friend has a pair and they are impressive... much better than VAC Phi 200 that I owned for a few years. 
Leben CS 600 and Harbeth vs Audio Note vs ATC vs JM Reynaud
I found the SHL5's (non-plus version) to be a bit sharp / bright as well.  Glad to know I'm not alone in that assessment. 
Harbeth 40.2 OR Spendor Classic 100 OR ??
Mountainsong - I owned the original version Dynaudio C4 for a few years, but replaced them with Harbeth M40.1’s. I found the C4’s to be fast and exciting, but they could not compete with Harbeth M-40.1’s with regard to tone, timbre, weight and mus... 
Best 80s New Wave
Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark - CrushSqueeze - The SinglesThe Cure - Boys Don't CryThe Smiths - The Queen is DeadGeneral Public - All the Rage 
Who is using their DAC as a preamp?
I use my Audio Aero Capitol Reference cdp/DAC direct into a Music Reference RM9 Mk2 amp.   The sound quality is excellent and I don’t miss having a preamp.  I wish I had gone this route years ago.    
Organic, musical and natural sounding speakers up to $12K
I've owned Harbeth SHL5's and currently own my 2nd pair of 40.1's.   In my experience, the two speakers don't have much in common.  The SHL5's lack the warmth and organic, full bodied musicality that the 40.1's excel in.   The original poster shou... 
Which songs/albums take you back to college?
Hoodoo Gurus - Mars Needs GuitarsThe Replacements - Pleased to Meet MeThe Smiths - The Queen is DeadThe RomanticsThe Call - Let the Day Begin 
Electrocompaniet Nemo or BAT VK-600se with Wilson Alexia ?
I’ve owned BAT VK200 and VK30 preamp. Aesthetically, the amps are very well made, but the sound quality of both pieces was just so-so. If having to choose between the two, I’d go with Electrocompaniet. 
Louder on one channel
Not trying to be a smart aleck, but make sure your ears are not clogged.   I always have to clear my ears before and during long listening sessions. 
Review: Silverline SR17 Supreme speakers
You don’t hear much about Silverline these days. Good to hear they are still in business. I owned a pair of the original Sonata floor standers many years ago and enjoyed my time with them. 
What are the top 3 dream speakers you wanna buy next regardless of price?
- Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary Edition- Devore O / 96- Joseph Audio Pearl (any version)- Tannoy Westminster or Canterbury- Verity Parsifal Encore or Ovation 
Really...My favorite power tube is reissue that's not widely popular
Has anyone tried the 7581A's in the Music Reference RM9 MK2? 
Going to try a tube integrated.
If the VAC Sigma 170i sounds anything like the Phi 200 power amp, it will sound full bodied with a solid bass foundation, but lacking on transparency, sparkle and air in the mids and highs.  I liked the Phi 200 with classical, jazz and blues, but ... 
I want to be moved and have the music touch my soul!
Go to Axpona in April and get a feel for what sounds good, then try to change out your gear.  Trial and error is how you get there.