Responses from goheelz

SOS! Suddenly have a high-end turntable, need to upgrade Amp + Speakers
Your budget is fairly tight, but here is what I would do. Sell the cheap phono stage. Get a used integrated amplifier with built in phono stage, something like Rogue Sphinx for maybe $800-1000. Then look for used stand-mount monitors for $700 or l... 
Starting Over and I need your help
Try adding a subwoofer. Upgrade the speakers.  If you are stuck with digital, make sure you have a DAC that will improve on the Bluesound DAC and whatever is fed from your CD player’s built in DAC.    
        1978-2024  Bose 301 Radio Shack Minimus 7 Focal bookshelf speakers Large Advents Spendor SP1/2E + REL Stentor sub Vandersteen 5A    
Why isn't better quality used gear being made available?
There are plenty of high quality products for sale in the used market. It takes a bit of looking and waiting, but lots of good audio gear ends up on the second-hand market. Because there are no high-end equipment owners who last forever, among oth... 
Nowhere to hear speakers and amps anymore!
Brick and mortar retail audio is almost entirely gone, which is unfortunate.  You might have better luck at an audio show, like most of us. Try  https://axpona.com/    
Experience with Modwright products?
Dan’s a solid manufacturer and a helpful resource after purchase.  Very happy with my 5+ years of using his ModWright PH-150 Reference Phono preamplifier.  Great sound and zero issues of any kind.   
Looking for a Warmer Sounding Phono Cartridge
I’ll bet it’s not a cartridge issue. Have you tried other speakers other than the Revel bookshelf units, which appear to be a system weak point, even with a sub? And have considered possible room treatment issues?  If your room is too live/overly ... 
Is a home theater even worth it or doable?
  Not sure what your "open concept" space allows, but I can suggest a few things from my experience. We are fortunate to have a semi-dedicated but all-purpose family room that can be darkened with shades for projection TV. We use a 105" inch retr... 
How does the VPI Aries II stand up to current mid priced tables?
The VPI Aries 2 also was produced as a "Black Knight" edition, which is the one that I've been using for many years.  I've tweaked it a bit over time.  This one has a black acrylic platter that I think is a bit lighter than the standard Aries 2. I... 
Why Does My Current Music Sound So Much Better than It Did in the 80’s?
It’s the big room and the subwoofers. Also, ‘80s music and ‘80s digital were terrible.  
AXPONA - Deals?
I dunno.   Maybe get out to AXPONA, talk to some dealers, and find out?  It’s a sales event, amigo. You’ll have a great time in any case. 😊  
System bottleneck?
In your shoes, since vinyl is one of your things, I’d sell the Rega right away and upgrade your vinyl setup. Much better phono stage and cartridge too. Stop using Bluetooth for digital.  Once you upgrade the vinyl rig, digital will become less rel... 
Class A or Class D solid-state amplifiers (modern designs)
Let’s get more specific. Which specific class-D power amplifiers compete favorably with the best amplifiers by, say, Audio Research (tube) or McIntosh (tube and/or solid state) or Pass Labs (solid state)?   
What were the radio stations of your youth that helped you on your music/audio journey?
WDVE Pittsburgh (early 1970s) — Dad rockWRTI Philadelphia/Temple University (late 1970s) — JazzWBCN Boston (early 1980s) — rock and many surprisesWPAQ Mt. Airy, NC  (1990s) — old-time stringband + bluegrass 
Overhead speakers for Atmos 5.1.2 system
I just finished a home theater renovation, but I decided against the additional Atmos ceiling speakers.  My ceilings are only 9 feet, and I thought extra overhead hardware would be unsightly and of limited use for most movies in the near future. F...