Responses from cbrez

Phono preamp, all suggestions welcome
I can definitely recommend the iFi phono3 in your price range. I bought one after reading the reviews and it is incredibly quiet, dynamic, and has really good sound staging at this price. I also see that Music Direct has an open box now at $699. ... 
Audio envy - dang!
Glad this discussion kept going! Just ordered an Expanded power cable to try out. Had meant to try Audio Envy cables a while ago and glad I placed the order today. Looking forward to it. Thanks all.  
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
@mijostyn Thanks for confirming on the Hanas. I appreciate your depth of knowledge in this area and it was one of the things that led me to the SOTA path in the first place. @pindac Thanks for your words about the Hana as well!  
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
@mijostyn Curious about your comment on the Hana cartridges. I thought that the Red and the Blue have the same stylus and cantilever. Just wondering what the differences are that you mentioned. I know it is a bit off topic here, but I just ordered... 
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
Congrats on your purchase! I am getting ready to pick up my new Nova VII from Christian in a week and am excited as well. Enjoy yours in the new year.  
Is my amp good enough?
I would definitely ask the store to demo the speakers with something similar, even if it is a NAD integrated at around the level of your separates. If you like what you hear, live with that for a bit and if you get the upgrade bug later on, you ca... 
Sunfire Classic Tube Pre-Amp
Curious about the sound. So much of the early Carver equipment, well, not great.  
Looking for a great phono pre-amp in the $1000 or less range
I have an ifi iPhono3 Black Label and have been very happy with it so far. Very quiet, very dynamic, and has a wonderful soundstage presentation. Not sure of course how well it will work in your system, but is right in the price range. Also, is v... 
Goodbye Everyone
As someone relatively new to Audiogon, I have gotten an incredible amount of value from reading posts here. Yes, there are some that definitely fall into the gutter, but that is countered by so many that are informative, helpful, and are clearly f... 
Awesome to see all of these incredible speakers who have made so many happy over the years. And @m3thos so glad to see a mention of the Spicas. Awesome speakers and an unbelievable value in the day. Had a friend with those and a full CJ setup and... 
For wi-fi streamers--a discovery to increase wi-fi strength
Agree that the more you can take WiFi out the equation, the better. WiFi can be a tricky to setup and troubleshoot in general. I can understand not wanting to run a 45 or 50ft Ethernet if it can be seen and you don’t like the aesthetics of that, b... 
Blue Jeans Cable Iconoclast
@navyachts Appreciate your thoughts. There didn’t really seem to be any topic from the original post, so just want to add my experience. Hope it maybe helps some others at some point.  
Blue Jeans Cable Iconoclast
I’m not looking to wade too far into the waters of whether Blue Jeans is moving from their core value proposition by now offering the Iconoclast line. To me, it seems a like a reasonable jump for a business to offer a step up in products, followin... 
Here’s my list: Snell E/II Snell C/III Quad ESL 63 Home made speakers using EJ Jordan full range drivers Celestion SL 600 / 6000 system Long gap in between… Kef LS50 Dynaudio Heritage Special (I couldn’t be happier)  
Denafrips Pontus 2 Price increases
Change the currency from SGD to USD. When I do that the price is listed as $1,792.97 is US dollars.