Responses from rockadanny

So you just took a gummie...What song is on the menu?
I’ve done this. By far, my favorite CD for this experience is by Samsara Blues Experiment, "Long Distance Trip". (It is not a "blues" album.) Whenever I listen to it (loudly) I get totally immersed in the music and carried off for a long-distance ... 
seeking advise please on my short list for new speakers? (15k budget)
I would highly recommend Pure Audio Project Quintet15 with your favorite type of center driver. Best speakers I've ever owned, and one of the best I've ever heard are my Trio15 Horn1. They are high sensitive and easy to drive so can be powered by ... 
What speaker could safely be ordered without hearing it first?
Simple answer to this question........................"NONE!!!"  Be smart.  Always audition before purchasing the most important component in your audio system..........."Speakers."  +1.    
New, Very Interesting CD Transport
No experience with different spinners other than owning three different CD players since 1980’s. I do know that my last two sound different. Anything and everything in your system can potentially sound different, regardless of function. For exampl... 
Both preamp and power amp have volume controls. Preferred method to control volume levels?
Thank you all! Very helpful.  
Help with hiss
@forestg sorry, didn’t realize was both channels. yikes! cap leaking was assuming just one channel. would not expect hiss from unpowered gear.  
Help with hiss
I experienced an issue exactly like this. Turned out that a capacitor (or two) were leaking in my CD player. Could be a capacitor somewhere in your chain. Maybe even in your speaker crossover. Good luck!!  
Just a few words of appreciation for a still living artist.
After all these many years, "Early Morning Rain" (played loudly) still tugs at my soul. Also, being a Michigander, so too does, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Great talent.  
Do You Tell Others How Much You Have Invested in Your System?
I will, but only if asked, and always prefaced with, "... you know ... there are people in this hobby who will spend $25,000.00 on one power cord, so ..." Then my costs don't sound too outrageous.  
Sound is better when I stand up?
I had a pair of speakers set up such that the tweeters were in line with my ears, yet I noticed similar experience as you had when standing. I found a Stereophile review of my speakers which stated that the tweeters measured better when higher tha... 
Thoughts about the "Cheapaudioman" on YouTube
I find him pretty funny and I enjoy his commentary. While I have no interest in any of the gear he reviews, I watch some of his stuff anyway. Strictly for entertainment.  
What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
Whammerdyne DGA-1 Stereo Amp: pair of NOS Sylvania 2A3 power tubes; a NOS Amperex BB 6DJ8 input tube; and the optional wider band output transformers. 4.3 watts of excellent power!  
Please recommend speakers for 45 watt SET amps
I had those Audio Mirror amps for many years, driving EgglestonWorks Fontaine speakers. I believe the main reason they drove them so well, and the sound was superb, was that the mid drivers had no crossover and the tweeters only a simple L-pad (on... 
Audio Mirror Preamplifier
No experience with the preamp but had Vlad's 45-Watt SET power amps for many years. Outstanding product from one of the best in the audio biz. Vlad stands out as a true gem of a person.   
Best SET power amp below $5,000
My speakers are same-ish sensitivity, and I am extremely pleased with my Whammerdyne DGA-1 stereo amp. 4.3 watts (handling peaks of up to 10 watts) of 2A3 tube wonderfulness. Plays plenty loud enough for me. Transparent, yet still full-sounding. B...