Responses from agwca

Have speakers really improved within the last 20 years??
Short answer:Yes.Long Answer:Yes. 
...bookshelf speakers that sound good at low volume...
Tried Dali Spektor 1 and Oberon 1. Seemed fine at low volumes.  Liked the sound, wish they were a bit more dynamic but I listen to Focal...which should also be fine at low volumes. 
Where do you buy your CDs these days?
Anywhere I can. Resell, or try to what I don't want. 
700.00 speakers new or used
Considering selling my Focal 807W in red and mint cond. Never play music loud and looking for something with a smaller footprint...a smaller standmount.  Will post on usaudiomart in next week or so.  Great speakers but everything in apt is being d... 
Should people with no turntable or reel to reel be considered audiophiles?
How long could it take
I have SM45s I am selling. IT takes as long as it takes. I'm in no hurry. 
Best cheap integrated amp
Lot of choices, each have strengths, will have to decide to live with or accommodate weaknesses.  Atoll does peek my interest, wish it were more accessible.  
Best DAC for around $2,500 or less
How more on you getting for 2500 that you can't get for half that say an RME ADI2 and then how much better is that over a Denefrips Ares or Topping D90?  Is it worth going to higher priced units? 
Youngsters these days.
I’m a CD guy so I shouldn’t have any problem with digital...and I don’t. Havn’t streamed yet but my kid does and its fine...except for the music itself. I’m not much for pop music unless in the car. At home, it’s classical and other period music, ... 
How do you share the sweet spot?
My test for  wide sweet spot is moving from center to outside the speaker assessing how much it changes tonally as well as moving around the room and into another room.  Maybe moving the speakers a bit further apart and pointed straight into the r... 
Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
My two cents and ears, for budget choices:First choices:Triangle Zetas for 200 on Amazon...detailed, a bit forward, musical...I have these. Someone once stated they sounded similar too his Spendors.Cambridge SX50 (200) or Minx XL (300) more laid b... 
Is there such a thing as too much power?
Doesn't SPL also depend on listening distance and room acoustics? So, if a speaker is 90 dB/1 watt at 1 meter and you sit 2-3 meters away from the speakers, then what you are hearing is 87 or 84 dB.  So, if you want to listen at 90 dB, you would n... 
My Demo results: I feel like I'm at a frustrating block in my speaker journey
I went through this for awhile. I think most of us do. Depending on price point and whether you have size/aesthetic constraints, there are a few things you could do. 1) Buy what most approximates what you want and wait until the more desirable spe... 
bmr philharmonic
Philharmonicaudio has a very solid reputation, albeit a small company.  One of the few speaker companies whose products are destined to become classics after the Company is gone.  That means they have a following. Just like Ascend Acoustics.  IMO. 
Emotiva BasX TA-100 integrated or BasX PT-100 preamp sound quality
Fair enough, thanks.