Responses from brownred6

SEEKING ADVICE: Which component would you upgrade first?
Speakers speakers speakers x100! You have unlimited room for improvement with better speakers but you could buy $25000 worth of Mac or Krell and it’d sound a little better ,maybe. Second would be a dedicated phono stage followed by a good cartridg... 
Should I graduate to floor standers or will larger bookshelves suffice?
I’m a little older and listen to a couple different genres. Last night was Slayer ,Wilco and Dylan. Today it’s a good version of Carnina Burvana(spelling?). I’ve owned many pairs of floor standers at a top new price point of around $10k. Lots of B... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Slayer, Reign in Blood  
Primaluna integrated running my own personal selection of tubes ,Harbeth super HL5’s , kimberkable interconnects and mapleshade speaker wires. That’s my streaming setup. Another Primaluna integrated using a different personal selection of tubes ,k... 
Speaker recommendation £2-10k range
I’ve settled on Harbeths after owning many nice speakers over the years. I ,and many like myself find the overall sound of the BBC class of stand mounted speakers to be our cup of tea. I have two pairs set up for daily listening now. One pair is t... 
All Pre 1970 Vintage speakers suck! Prove me wrong
I’m sensitive to bad speakers. And those old speakers that I owned way back when and have occasion to hear once in a while now were  horrible compared to even a $500- $700 new pair of speakers.  Just don’t understand how people can praise them and... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Slayer ,Reigning Blood and Ministry , Filth Pig  
my shortlist for integrated Harbethsuper hl5 plus xd - please advise
I’d bet my last two WE300b’s you’ve gotten your four amp choice reccomendations from 4 different reviewers. You’re going about it in reverse IMHO. Find a reviewer or review site partial to your Harbeths . See what THEY reccomend. I’ve got your Har... 
Compact Floor-standing Speaker Recommendations under $4k
Your dilemma sounds like a scenario where a pair of Harbeth speakers would be all you need.   
Help me upgrade my beginner system!
Definitely NEED to replace the cartridge. But most importantly you should spend all the rest of the money on new or used better speakers. Power conditioner is a total waste of a plug at your level.   
What record cleaner is the most bang for the buck??
I use this stuff made buy Bugtussel called Vinyl -Zyme Gold. I find it to work really ,really well. Been using it for many years ,like 20 and it never ceases to amaze me.   
Speakers and amplifiers show audiophiles are confused.
I would venture to say that every system out there where the owner thinks he has matched the components perfectly, there is a similarly priced piece that said owner would like even more. So has he really matched them perfectly? Of course he has , ... 
Starting from scratch and say $5000
Start with speakers . Build around speakers you love. Any other way you’ll be disappointed   
Are Harbeth Super HL5 XD right for me?
I too am  a fixed 8’ -9’ from my speakers. Ceiling is a little on the low side. Amps are Primaluna prologue 2 integrated running el34’s for my vinyl and I stream through a primaluna dialogue premium. My speakers are Harbeth 7e3’s and Harbeth Hlp5(... 
Recommendations for a vacum tube tester
I own 5 or 6 Hickok and a Jackson 648. For my own use. I cannot imagine having tube gear and not having a tube tester. FWIW, my go to testers are my 752 and my 539b. Should probably sell the rest and buy more tubes