Responses from ericba

Suggestions for power amps
I have the Pass X25. Outstanding amp for the price. Very reliable. Warm to neutral sound with lots of reserve. Works best when really warm. One of the last pieces I would upgrade in my system, if at all.  
Does a turntable mat make any difference?
The Funk Firm Achromat is one of the greatest mats available. I have used it on high end Rega P10 and Linn LP12. It DOES a make a significant difference . Bass is tighter and the high notes clearer. The Linn dealer was skeptical and when he heard ... 
Going to replace my Fluance rt85
I fully agree that a used TT will get get you better value for the money. Once you decide on the TT I would then shop to upgrade the phono stage to match the turntable you got. As a principle, IMHO it is better to start with the source and work on... 
PS audio or Moon
I have the Moon 390. Extremely versatile. Very good DAC and Phono stage MM/MC. + headphone jack to top it! May be a bit on the dry side however. Better to match with a warm sounding amp. The match I got is with the Pass Lab XA25. Very satisfied a... 
Electronics for Harbeths -- $5-10K
Have you checked this review ? https://www.stereophile.com/content/harbeth-monitor-302-40th-anniversary-edition-loudspeaker-page-2 The best match for the Harbeth 30.2 40 th was the Pass Lab X25. I've got this match: Fantastic! Just need to pick ... 
Electronics for Harbeths -- $5-10K
speaker cables under 1k for Harbeth 30.2XD?
I am very happy with the Tellurieum Q silver II with my 30.2 40th anniversary. It is a very open and neutral cable that lets the Harbeth shine.   
Harbeth 40.3's. Should I buy them?
It took me 10 years to find the right speakers. Finally got Harbeth 30.2 40th anniversary - My room is not big enough for the 40.2.  Awesome, was worth the wait. Harbeths are unassuming at first but as others mentioned, you get to appreciate it m... 
Female vocalist recommendations
What about Katie Melua, No 8. Album or The house. Refreshing! My all time favorite remains Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat and Nathalie Merchant Ophelia. Hope they make a vinyl of that one sooner than later. Happy listening!  
Pass Labs Speaker Choices
A great review of the Harbeth 30.2 40th anniversary in Stereophile matched with the XA25. A match made in heaven! I can vouch for it.