Responses from mrvordo

What speakers have you mistakenly let go and then later repurchased?
I sold my beloved Apogee Caliper Sigs when Apogee went out of business because I was afraid of not being able to get support. Biggest stereo mistake I ever made. Finally purchased a pair of Duetta Sigs, a few years later to replace the gone Calipe... 
Synergistic Research Cable Risers?
I didn't bother to read through everything, so sorry if I duplicate what anyone has said.I tried the ceramic type cable risers and they worked well. Giving a small but noticeable improvement. Then Synergistic came out with a mark II version of the... 
Considering simplifying my system... talk me down (or whatever)
I haven't read the full thread, so maybe this was answered, but WHY??? You use your TT and have a phono stage that you will probably want to keep. Then the only simplifying you will be doing is to change out the pre and power amp for an integrated... 
Best Record Cleaning Fluid
All records are dirty. Even brand new. Have you ever toured a pressing plant, or seen videos of one? Records are not produced in laboratory style clean room, but more like a factory situation. So clean all records new or used for best results. Als... 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
Probably my "first" was realizing that the pre amp was the heart of any system. There is no way to tell what is going on in your system until the pre amp is of sufficient quality.But my first "Oh My Gosh" moment, was when I started trying power c... 
What Sonically is the Difference between a $1,500 CD Player and a $10K-$25K One?
I didn't bother to read through the posts, but if you have to ask that question, there probably won't be a difference to you, but I suspect that you are just a troll. 
Best Marilyn Manson album?
Thanks, I'll give it a try and check out Filter.Best,Mike 
Best Marilyn Manson album?
I'm mainly listening on ear buds when I exercise, so compression is not as big a deal as when I listen on my big rig. I seldom listen to that genre of music on my big rig. 
Which area of components to spend the most $ on? Boy I was wrong all my life!
+1 @millercarbon Also, I have found that the pre amp is the "heart" of the system. Everything passes through it so you want it to be as transparent as possible. To get the best from your speakers you have to have the best components upstream. The... 
Speaker suggestions
Spend the money on room treatment before upgrading your speakers. $2-3k on that will transform your system. Then worry about whether or not to change speakers.Just my 2 cents. 
Best MM?
I have no idea what "the best" is, but I installed a 2M Black on my brother in law's VPI Prime, and it sounds awesome for the price. Which is half your budget. 
For those of us over 60..
I have to say The Mothers of Invention, and secondly Jefferson Airplane, especially their Baxter's LP. 
Bands with great second albums
While I like Medusa, I think Diva was a way better album from Annie. Medusa is almost as strong, but I don't think it beats it. IMHO. 
Bands with great second albums
Sailor by Steve Miller BandOne of my all time favorite LP's. 
What used speakers raraely come up for sale
Any of the Apogee models.