Responses from mschott

$5k or less speakers (used or new)?
Another Salk recommendation. Also the great Magnepan 1.7’s.  
~$15K floorstanders: opinions sought
$15k is a great price point. There are many great choices. Haven’t heard all of these but I’d like to.Audio Solutions Figaro XLDeVore Gibbon XHarbeth M40.2 is a favorite of mine,Larsen 9 is amazing,Magico A3Maggie 20.7Paradigm Persona 5F is anothe... 
Why no interest in reel to reel if you're looking for the ultimate sound?
As said, high cost and very limited selection. Also, reliability and cost to repair.  
Revel f208, dead center image but everything jumbled up?
Sounds like a break in and room positioning issue. Nearly every speaker needs hours of break in time. Next, the OP hasn’t told us about the room set up or the position of the speakers. The latter is likely causing the issues.  
Paradigm Persona 5F
The Persona’s sounded spectacular with Anthem electronics when I heard them in 2018 at Axpona. This is to be expected as the 2 companies are related. The Anthem electronics I heard have a form of room correction to help dial them in. A great match... 
Which belt-driven table to play Rock vinyl?
What kind of fiddling? With my Scout II, set up cartridge, level and go. No fiddling.  
Which belt-driven table to play Rock vinyl?
I agree that the brand or type of turntable is unrelated to the genre. Why does the OP think VPI turntables are fiddly? I have a Scout ll and it’s not at all temperamental or hard to deal with.  
Highly recommend Paragon Sight and Sound in Ann Arbor, MI
If you look at their used equipment page on their site you can see the prices are a fraction of new. They certainly can’t pay anywhere near retail for trade in’s and sell for those prices.  
Audio Research Ref 6 SE
Products get upgraded all the time in this industry. Others offer similar products with upgraded parts in their product lines like Prima Luna. Myself I own Jolida separates with optional factory cap and matched tube upgrades. What is different abo... 
A note from Magnepan about the "30.7 for Condos" tour
andy2 you’d be surprised. Most millennials and Gen X’s are naturally comfortable on forums. Fewer boomers and far fewer of the previous generation post in online forums. If they look at all, they just lurk.  
A note from Magnepan about the "30.7 for Condos" tour
As far as dealers stocking expensive speakers, unless it’s a big dealer with huge cash flow it’s tough to stock expensive speakers like the 20.7 and especially the 30.7. The market for them outside of large wealthy metro areas is not big. No one w... 
A note from Magnepan about the "30.7 for Condos" tour
I talked with Wendell a few months ago at the 30.7 demo at a local dealer. The whole idea behind the tour was confusing to me. It was more about the concept of the speakers than promoting the speakers themselves. I really liked them but they reall... 
Black ice Audio owners, pet peaves
You really need to proofread your post. It’s unreadable. But I will say that I have none of the issues you mention with my Jolida JD1000P amplifier.  
VPI forum
Mat not Matt.  
VPI's new "Vanquish" Ultra High-End turntable is a STUNNER!
I don’t know what you mean.