soix

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Help selecting a new preamp
At your price level the Linear Tube Audio Micro ZOTL is definitely worth a serious look. Teajay (a member here) did a nice review of it on 6moons, and he preferred it to the Backert Rhumba (not sure which version) and every other preamp he’s heard... 
Speaker selector app.
And you think you’d get better recommendations from an app than you would here why?  Sorry I wasted my time here.  
Which cable
They hear everything.  
Which cable
I just rewired my doorbell with a double run of Acoustic Zen Satoris and getting much better tonality and soundstaging. There are some people who say they can’t hear a difference between doorbell cables, but with proper setup and assuming the door... 
Help selecting a new preamp
What are you looking to improve upon over your current preamp, and what overall sound reproduction characteristics are most important to you?  Are you looking for tubes or solid state, or either? 
Speaker selector app.
These Acoustic Zen Crescendos will get you pretty close at a little over your price target...https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649526567-acoustic-zen-crescendos-mappa-burl/Or these Nola KOs if you can pick them up local...https://www.ebay.com/it... 
Which new amp to get?
A Class-A amp that may sound truly special with your speakers is the Valvet A4 Mkll.  They are monoblocks that are rated at 55Wpc and 90Wpc into 8 and 4 Ohms, respectively, but with large power supplies they punch well above their weight.  And acc... 
Vimburg?
I know Jeff Fritz owned the Magico Q7s for a while and certainly could've chosen a lower Magico model in his downsizing effort.  That he chose the Tondas over the similarly-priced S5s tells me the Vimbergs are definitely worth a listen, although a... 
Center Channel Speaker Suggestion for HT
Yeah, the HTM62 is from the 600 series (a step below your CM speakers) so not surprised you found it lacking.  Technically the matching center for your speaker is the CM Centre 2 I mentioned above, but I'd go for the HTM 2 or even better the HTM 1... 
SS Amp suggestions
This Clayton Audio S2000 would well be worth a look...https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649519076-clayton-audio-s2000-balanced-class-a-dual-mono-amplifi... 
Seeking Streaming Receiver Recommendations
Integra is part of Onkyo, so if you go for the DTM-7 I'd spend the extra $50 for the 6-year extended warranty as reliability is an issue.  Personally, I'd go for the Yamaha R-N803 and get a nice piece of butcher-block wood or marble that accommoda... 
Why a separate DAC?
As you obviously enjoy tube and analog sound, I'd recommend the Mhdt Labs Orchid R2R NOS DAC.  Cost $1100 sold through Linear Tube Audio.  I'd contact them and ask about their return policy to see if you can do an in-home demo.  I think your syste... 
Center Channel Speaker Suggestion for HT
Room size is 20 X 12 and looking to upgrade center channel. Mostly I watch movies and music videos. What center channel are you using now?  That would be most helpful. Suggestion for a matching Center channel for this setup would be appreciated. T... 
Seeking Streaming Receiver Recommendations
I'd recommend Yamaha for its combination of sound quality and reliability. Many people here have had good success and gotten great prices from Accessories4less.com. They deal in new units that have been factory refurbished by the manufacturer, s... 
Life after Rotel RX 1052
Maybe keeping the RX 1052 as my pre-amp could be an option?No. Absolutely not. Do not make the huge mistake of underestimating the importance of a preamp in a stereo system. And let’s be clear here -- the preamp section in your receiver sucks. At ...