Responses from ahendler

Accuracy vs. Enjoyment
I do you guys determine accuracy?Alan 
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
Audio-GD Master 7 at $2400 is as good if not better then any +$10000 dac I have ever heard. Even more shocking is I am enjoying the LitedacAH as much as my Master 7 and this dac is under $200. Both of these dacs are based on old multibit chips and... 
Which magnepan
18x21 should be big enough for 3.6'sI have mine in a 15x12 room and they sound greatAre you talking about imaging or focus? Alan 
Best tube dampers that you have used
Over the years I have tried most of the dampers out there. I either got no change in sound or the sound got worse.Alan 
Tidal streaming and classical music
Mercury Living Presence, RCA Living Stereo, DECCA, Lyrita, RCA Red Seal, recordings etc.!I can find examples of all of theseSometimes under title, artist, orchestra or composerYou have to be creative because yes the tidal people are not classical ... 
Tidal streaming and classical music
what can't  you find on Tidal?Alan 
Dolby-free early stereo recordings sound best.
We had the first dolby A units in our studio in chicago. After several months of use none of us liked them and stopped using them. Most studios instead went to 30ips recordingAlan 
Auditioned Magico A3 - VERY DARK...
Heard the Magcos with a Rowland Integrated. Just sensational sounding. I like planers but these are the best cone based speakers I have ever heard. Certainly not dark. Can't imagine them not sounding good with the Vac ampsAlan 
authentic space recordings
Diana Krall-Live in Paris 
Who said “ flat freq response “ is the best?
Recording engineers don't record anything flatfirst there are really no flat microphonesActually we use our ears to get the overall sound we preferIt is never flat. Our control rooms were rolled off top and bottom forcing the engineers to boost ba... 
What is the most important component in your system.
My Maggie 3.6'sSpeakers contribute 70% of the sound you here. Maybe moreAlan 
Shindo Masseto + Coincident Frankenstein versus Nagra 300i integrated
When I got my Shindo Auriges which is there cheapest preamp it was a shock how much the improvement in sound over my Sonic Euphoria passive. Just about the best purchase I ever madeAlan 
Come on people....BASS!
Remember there are people on this site from other countries. There english spelling isn't always perfect. Neither is mine and I am AmericanAlan 
What should my next upgrade be? Your best experience
Changing speakers will make the greatest change in the sound of your system but you need to find a pair of speakers that really knock you out.Since you don't mention a budget it is very hard to recommend anything to you. I personally love Magnepan... 
Should I buy SACD's or Buy Quality Multi-Format CD player and use Old Digital CD's?
I have never found sacd's to sound better than redbook, and I have a Sony 5400ES. 99% of the time I stream from Tidal, the sound is great with over a million albums. and lots of MQA files, over 3000. They only list 500 but there are way moreAlan