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Fritz Carrera 7 Be and 300B power amp?
Late to the party but I use a Luxman SQ-10 with these speakers. All I can say is WOW!!! If  using the onboard MM phono preamp or my Whest for MC the sound is outstanding. I also use an Aurender N20 for streaming and a Yamaha CD-S1000 as a transpor... 
Recommendations for really well-recorded music for high-end audio system demo
IMHO the 3 following recordings by Donald Fagan, regardless of media, are outstanding Nightfly Morph The Cat Kamakiriad    
Those rare albums that are great on first listen.
Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live Eagles - When Hell Freezes Over Donald Fagan - The Nightfly Al DiMeola - Elegant Gypsy The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus Every Zeppelin Album  
Seeking Bookshelf Recommendations
@larsman +1 I have the same speakers running with a Luxman 509Z. Outstanding speakers. You can get them from Fritz on a 30 day trial basis. If you are not pleased you can send them back.  Fritz Carrera BE Specifications (fritzspeakers.com) Mine... 
Should Speaker Manufactures provide a Frequency Response Graph?
@deep_333 +1 The most important graph for me is the Impedance & Phase vs frequency graph. I want to know if my amp needs to drive 2 ohm loads with a difficult phase angle. I believe it to be the most important data when choosing a power amp.... 
Luxman L-509X as a preamp
@erik_squires  To be honest, there was nothing I didn't like about the Ayre pre/amp pairing. The sound was amazing. Likely the best set up I ever owned. However, I was looking for an integrated. I had a Boulder 866 which was very good but there w... 
Luxman L-509X as a preamp
@erik_squires  I ended up selling the Ayre gear (outstanding stuff by the way) and buying a new Luxman L-509Z in September 2023. I paired it with an Aurender A20 streamer/DAC. I also run a Thorens TD-1601 TT with an Ortofon Cadenza Blue cartridge... 
Are You a Swifty?
Her music does nothing for me. Her writing/lyrics are great. I do not listen to her at all. However, the stink she created by dating Travis Kelce was incredible. The haters really came to play. I loved how it revealed the true side of a lot of peo... 
Don’t look for perfection.
Curious, what else in your life do you immediately dismiss when you find a flaw?  
The molecular level explanation of "cable burn-in"
"So it’s the plastic polymer (as dielectric insulation) to undergo some sort of molecular rearrangements to minimize the distortion. Probably one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever!" Just in case this was not meant as sarcasm... As a pl... 
Have Luxman 509x. Considering Pass Labs INT-250 or Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated
As usual, opinions are like buttholes. I may as well share mine. I owned and sold several pass labs amps of recent design. Why? I did not like the sound, period. This includes both class A, AB, monoblocks, and stereo .8s.  For lack of a better des... 
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
FWIW...I use spades on both ends of my Venom-X cables. With a good "snugging" by hand I never had them come loose.  
I use an Aurender A20. I would urge you to find a way to demo it in your home. I currently run it through a Luxman 509Z but also have used it as a preamp with an Ayre VX-5 Twenty and a Pass Labs XA-25. I am very happy with its performance in eithe... 
Cable Break In for the Naysayers
I am not here to argue this point. However, I do wish one of the cable makers or some audiophile physicist would explain the science behind cable break-in.  
Newer Blues Artists or Recordings
Try a German version of SRV: Henrik Freischlader - Live at GuitarPoint (youtube.com) And his work with Layla Zoe: Dark Heart (youtube.com) As an enormous fan of SRV and The Derek Trucks band I was immediately enamored with this work.