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Integrated Amplifiers - Esoteric F-01, Esoteric F-02 or Dan D'Agostino Progression
The Esoteric(s) will provide precision and clarity but be thin compared to the rich, tonal characteristics  and power of the D’Agostino.  Which is right is your preference.  As alternatives at your price point audition the Burmester 032.  Some pro... 
Help with high end bookshelf speakers
Audition Vivid S12.   Best bookshelf I have heard.  Clear, neutral timbre, fast, dynamic, easy to place, decent bass for a bookshelf.  Google and read pro reviews.    
It Happens Every Time I Calibrate
@goose To my ears, it is not muted strings I hear in a live performance.  Rather, I hear crystal clarity and vivid detail. Recorded music on a good system can produce the same clarity and detail.  What I continue to try to articulate is that clari... 
It Happens Every Time I Calibrate
@erik_squires Thanks.  I agree a subwoofer can have a significant effect.  With my previous system, running Apogees, the subwoofer not only provided enhanced bass response, but also opened the sound stage ambient hall reproduction, improved the or... 
Sound stage of studio recordings
The decisions of the recording engineer and producer determine how the soundstage is reproduced.  That is why you state that “on some recordings it is hit or miss”.  Decisions on the venue, microphone placement, recording equipment, phasing, and m... 
Looking for a line conditioner
The Shunyata Denali provided significant improvements in lowering noise floor, increasing detail retrieval, and reproduction of micro dynamics without changing macro dynamics.  There are isolated zones, two high current outlets for amplification a... 
A.I. Rock & Roll travesty
This represents MHO on the subject.  A dangerous precedent is being set for all performing arts.  My son, a struggling actor has had a few recurring minor roles. So I herewith disclose a vested interest with MHO.  I am concerned with AI.  We as ... 
Would the 300W CJ ART 300 Monoblocks be too much for my Avalon Ascendants?
The  CJ  ART 300 will be a very musical and rich pairing with the Avalons - my kind of sound - and a large improvement from the SF.  I  was an SF fan once having a Processor 3 and Iris transport but with amplification the CJ will be better.  Until... 
Coda #8, Pass XA25, or Schiit Tyr to replace PS Audio M700
If you can up the spend to $7500 to $8500 and live with the idea of a stereo amp rather than monoblocks you can reach a new level of clarity, timbre, staging/imaging, and liquidity with a preowned Burmester 911.  I see them on AG around the price ... 
Does Every Track Sound Great on Your System?
@ghdprentice Well stated. I also am drawn into the emotion of the performance, not the system.  Just as you articulated, with previous systems I did the opposite and became fatigued quickly.  The attributes of a musical system to me are timbre, to... 
Back to the DAC
Thanks @tvad. I never heard the M21.  Pro reviews indicate the M1 S2 comes close.  Do you have an opinion?   Also, what converter do you use most often on the M21-chip or ladder? … and what are your impressions on both.  I have been considering an... 
Back to the DAC
I have also been considering upgrading my DAC and compared the following, listed in order of my preference.   -Bricasti M1 Series 2:   Detail, imaging, soundstage second to the Mola Mola Tambaqui but not by much.  Both are resolving, with excelle... 
Ethernet Cables - what are you using and why?
Spent hundreds on 6 foot a Synergistic Atmosphere Ethernet cable. One of my mistakes over the years. At the recommendation of a cable designer/retailer I respect I purchased a Blue Jeans CAT 6 for $12 and improved SQ. Aurender Customer Service ind... 
Music first or sound first?
For me, performance's quality, musical composition, and sound quality cannot be separated. However, I find performance the main driver … where I can enjoy a lesser composition and recording quality if the performer draws me into their, and draws o... 
Looking for the next level in imaging...
IMHO omnidirectional speakers present a wide, deep sound stage but smear imaging.  Vivid Giya series is my recommendation.  Others I have heard are Borrensen, KEF Blades, Raidho, and Wilson.  My experience is also electronics play a critical part....