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Speaker upgrade
The Charney Audio Concerto with AER BD-3 drivers will get you in under your budget and give you everything your looking for as well as deep engagement in the music. Or the Companion with AER BD-3 drivers will work well in your room and save you so... 
Speaker Audition
Depending on your room size Charney Audio makes full range rear loaded horns based on a tractrix design. Not your typical horn sound. Very full and engaging with non of the horn coloration's you may have heard in other designs. Best is to set up a... 
Speakers good for close to wall placement
The Charney Audio Maestro is designed to be placed against/close to the front wall. Narrow in profile with all the goodness of a much larger horn. The Maestro starts at $2800 and price varies depending on driver and finish choice. Contact Charney ... 
Best DAC
The Audio Note Kits 2.1 signature Dac is a very good nos dac. ANK will sell as a kit or you can have one of their recommended builders do it for you. The total should keep you in your budget range. https://ankaudiokits.com/product/dac-2-1-signature/  
What is the best audiophile speaker for a tiny square room?
The Digital Amplifier Company 2Cherry or Meagaschino amplifiers would be a perfect match for your Sound Labs. Tommy does extensive listening and measuring with different types of speakers, one is a large Magnapan. I have had a number of his amps a... 
Biggest "pleasant surprise" components you have owned?
Charney Audio Horns I never could have thought a single driver speaker can deliver the way these do! No matter what I use upstream the Charney’s work their magic and sound wonderful!!  
Helping friends and relatives buy an audio system...
I never had good luck helping others with setting up a system. Usually they went to a store and got completely schooled/sold on a system before they asked me. When I would make suggestions the person usually became argumentative about what they ha... 
Will 12 inch subwoofer be enough for an 18x20 room (with 10 ft cielings)
My living room is an open floor plan like yours with a 2 story cathedral ceiling. I have an older SVS 2039pc+ (12” driver with 500w amp) that produces plenty of earth shattering low bass. I use a Dspeaker Antimode 8033c to tame the peaks and take ... 
I am indecisive about choice due to room size
The Charney Audio Maestro would be a perfect fit for your room. Charney designed the Maestro specifically for smaller rooms. I happened to be at Charney yesterday we listened to the Maestro with Lii Fast8 drivers ($2800.00) in his 14x19x9 room. Al... 
What's your favorite boutique speaker maker
I have owned 3 different pairs of Omegas, Compact Hemp w/dual Deep Hemp Subs, Super 6 Monitors w/Deep Hemp subs, and XRS 8 Alnico w/Deep Hemp subs. As I moved up the line Louis had a trade up policy and was awesome to work with. I sold the XRS/Dee... 
The best speakers over 50K
The Charney Audio Concerto Lumaca with AER BD3 drivers $85k.  Full range single driver horns designed on the Tractrix theory. Engaging 3D sound with off the charts imaging, soundstage, highs, mids, and deep articulate bass. The artists are with yo... 
Best 300B tube
I replaced Genelex PX300b's with JJ 300b's in my system. I have Charney Audio Companion Horns with Omega RS7 drivers. The Omega's are a little on the dark side and the hardness of the JJ mates well with them. A while back I went to Charney Audio t... 
Replacement of Cary CD player
I’m using my Sparkler Audio s503 as a player and transport with fantastic results. You can buy the s593 as a transport for a little less money but the extra for the Dac is well worth it. https://www.vkmusic.ca/Sparkler%20Audio%20S507.htmhttp://www... 
Some amps I never heard of...
I had one of the Crown XLS1500 amps. Good inexpensive sound for HT and pro use. To me it was unrefined on the high end and noisy in my 2 channel rig. I have had a number digital amps in my system and can highly recommend the Digital Amplifier Comp... 
Your most indispensable "tweak"?
A pair of Bose Noise Canceling 700 headphones for my wife! My listening room is too close to our living room and there was always the TV vs Stereo sound level battle. I lost the battle but won the war! Best $400.00 I ever spent on audio!!