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The Best Bass Ever? A Subwoofer Discovery
I love My JLAudio sealed 10 in. SW in my car --driven by a used JLAudio 250w monoblock ( Cost to me ~$200) At home I have, and really like, my Dynaudio 18s - self-powered 500w - sealed, twin opposed 9.5 in drivers ( virtually eliminating any vibr... 
Musical subwoofer under $2000
Please look at the Dynadio 18s Goes down well bellow 30hz and is very musical  
Sound Stage and Imaging
Good imaging requires very low coloration, accurate f.r.,  and phase linearity. For 2K you are not going to find a new full-range speaker that provides this. You could look for some used ATC speakers, Or get the ATC SCM 11's and add a sub later.    
SVS or REVEL Subwoofer
The Dynaudio 18s  is under $1799. Dual opposed 9.5 in drivers, no port. 500W amp. https://dynaudio.com/professional-audio/subwoofers/18s#product_downloads Very controlled and musical and gets down to <~20hz The Dual opposed drivers mean ther... 
Share the songs that move you (from musicals).
"Memory", from Cats  
Spendor, PMC, ProAc, ATC- Sonic characteristics and differences?
ATC’s roots are in studio monitors. They are considered extremely accurate, and many recording studios rely on them. Their domed midrange driver is legendary and was used by other speaker manufacturers, including Proac, for domestic speakers until... 
What model ProAc is this
I used to have the EBS. Delightful, with ATC drivers It's 18in H x 8w x 13 in deep with the grill attached The woofer is 6.5 in including the surround, The port is the "packed drinking straws"  type Might be Studio 2's?      
If I rip all my CD's to flac files do I still need a CD transport?
Maybe I am asking a dumb question, but does this depend on the quality of the CD drive used to rip?  
Why is solid state more popular when tubes are better?
Some years ago I was also a photography enthusiast. The argument for S.S. vs. tubes recalls discussions over condenser vs. diffusion enlargers.   The latter provide a softer image with less pronounced grain. Condensers provide a more exact rendi... 
List some of your favorite live Jazz recordings
Jazz at the Pawnshop -- Arne Domnerus Jazz at the Pawnshop -- Arne Domnerus Jazz at the Pawnshop -- Arne Domnerus   Also available as SACD  
Ipad app sound level meters vs a portable sound level meters
You might want to get a calibrated mic. rather than rely on the built-in mike. I found the ipad very useful to set up EQ for my car system.  
How do you high pass your main speakers?
I don’t know if this will get me canceled, but power my SCM 19’s + Dynaudio sub (18s) with Arcam AVR + Arcam power amp and use Dirac for room EQ and Crossover. I am very happy with the result.  
Speaker recommendations :-)
I have the ATC SCM 19s - I find them excellent for Jazz and classical . Especially piano - piano notes are rich, tight and solid.   I use them with a Dynaudio 18s sub.  
How To Keep Cat Off Stereo Equipment?
re "I have never been able to understand why people keep cats.  They are free-loading bastards that don't empathise with their keepers one little bit." Like a lot of children these days :)  
How To Keep Cat Off Stereo Equipment?
My cat climbs on my ATC SCM19 speakers and pushes the grilles (which attach magnetically) onto the floor.