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Best CD player under $2000
A slightly used Yamaha CD S2100 would fit into your budget, retain the current formats of your existing player (except video), and adds SACD capability and DAC inputs for increased flexibility. Check the reviews on this unit. 
Need advice on new speakers
@wimpydaschund,I own the new Tannoy Legacy Arden powered by a Pass Labs XA30.5 and a McIntosh C2300 preamp. Let me know if I can help with any specific questions on them. I've copied a review I wrote over on AK below with my thoughts.Speakers I’ve... 
Should people who can't solder, build or test their speakers be considered audiophiles?
@sfar , are you kidding? It's the first rule of audiogon. 
A warm DAC?
@larseand ,Head over to Audiocircle and check the threads in the Discless Circle for the Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC thread for owner reviews.I was in the same search as you a couple years ago and took a chance on the MP-D2 MkII.You can spec the DA... 
Loudness - Why has the industry stopped producing amplifiers with this feature any longer?
You could try one of these. It also has a defeat switch for when your audiophile friends visit:http://www.deliciousdecibels.com/the-delicious-one.html 
Affordable US Made Tube Pre/Power or Integrated Options
Lots of good options on your list. I own the Tubes4hifi st-70, and its a fantastic amp. Bob Latino is quick to answer any questions you may have, and is a great guy to deal with. I could not be happier with it.Best of luck with your decision. 
Tempted to buy a Macintosh
Jamitloud, you're likely to find  c2700 owners and opinions on the audioaficionado forums.I've not heard the 2700 but own the c2300. The 2700 looks like a great solution if your long term plan is an all in one solution, meaning, pre amp, DAC, and ... 
Spatial Audio open baffle speakers, who has them? Worthwhile change from Maggies?
dbt, between Spatial and PAP I would lean towards Spatial. When I owned the Spatial M3 I had considered the PAP Trio 15 as well. The main drawback (as I saw it) with PAP, was the build it yourself format (except for the Classic...which are gorgeou... 
O.K., downloads, streaming and more....but I still like many of my CD and SACD disks
If used is a consideration, the Yamaha CD-S2100 would fit the bill for the functionality and qualities you list. Check out the reviews online. 
Non Analytical Sounding DAC Upgrade- Budget $1,500 or less
@ruleof72 ,  I've been using the Musical Paradise MP-D2 (Mk2) for about 2 years now. I was consiering the Doge 7 unit mentioned earlier when I happened on the MP-D2 on Audiocircle.The biggest advantage to the MP-D2, is variability and flexibility ... 
Complete Set of Five 2013 Anthony Gallo Speakers (Excellent/Mint)
Sorry to hear of your financial situation and wish you the speediest road to recovery.Unfortunately, rare doesn't always equal collectable...or desirable.Vintage Tannoys, Altec Model 19s, and Harbeths are collectable. Gallos, not so much.Most used... 
Mcintosh Equalization
Since you're considering McIntosh level of quality/cost, why not run an experiment with a cheaper option to see if it sends you in the right direction?Pick up a Schitt Loki for $150, try it out, and if it has either positive or negative results, s... 
Pass and ARC
I own the XA30.5, also paired with a tube preamp (McIntosh c2500).The pass has been in my system longer than any other piece of equipment and i consider it a "forever" amp. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've powered several speakers with i... 
My Demo results: I feel like I'm at a frustrating block in my speaker journey
Here’s a review of the Larsen 4. Some relevant notes on width of sweet spot, and even comparison between an AVR (Denon) and higher end components.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://positive-feedback.com/revie.... 
My Demo results: I feel like I'm at a frustrating block in my speaker journey
A lot of helpful suggestions here ( other than cousinbilly's feeble attempt to turn this into a digital vs. analog thread...really helpful cb)As others mentioned, you've got limited speaker placement options in your space. The loveseat isn't helpi...