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Passive preamps - differences between technologies
I gave up after ten years use a wonderful sounding dual mono valve preamp in favour of the complete quiet and transparency of detail of an Audion Select TVC line level pre amplifier (copper transformer windings w/ silver internal hook up wires) —s... 
Tube sound is not about warmth. It's about correct presentation.
Correct presentation ? Presentation of music that touches your spirit ? Of course, this would be worked out in individual systems of particular design, physical materials used, and component synergy -- inside eqpt. as well as unit to unit-- as sug... 
Resolving CD Transports Crowd Sourcing
@wharfy - fwiw, I heard the least cost CEC in my system and it made involving sweet music but not quite enough air, space and detail for me to keep. The more expensive models would probably be worth a listen.   
Resolving CD Transports Crowd Sourcing
+1 TEAC recommendation. I believe either Sparkler Audio or 47 Labs use TEAC drives in their machines. After reading good reports (here) I use a small form factor TEAC PD H600. It was compared to an Ayon valve player by other users —which I had own... 
Dac that has tone and timing?
@schw06. Re: Abbas DACS, Just saw this on Hifi Haven website, dated 10 Aug 2022, echoing my findings: “Both myself, the two local friends who also purchased a 2.4SE and now the new owner all agree that Abbas DACs are transformative. Hard to explai... 
Dac that has tone and timing?
@schw06  If tube MHDT DACS are on on your radar, you might also look into a classically trained musician-made DAC that is fast, alive and richly musical: Abbas DAC 2.4SE, or his other variants using different chips. After Meridian, Chord Quest, a... 
Original Quads (57) - the perfect amp
OP, with such programme material, you might enjoy addition of air, separation, and greater front to back spatial rendering, trying Max Townshend's Supertweeters. Designed specifically for ESL57's. Listening to the kind of music you note, even, a... 
Does streaming music equate to high concert ticket prices
Amen to smaller venues for serious music making of all genres driving the atmosphere. For classical music —-plenty of rock ‘n roll in French enlightenment music, Handel, Beethoven and more !—  visit London for BBC summer promenade concerts at the ... 
First Watt J2 & speaker pairing ?
To the OP, "looking for better sound stage & imaging , dynamic with reasonable accuracy", and following your other notes, I can vouch for the J2 giving fully what you seek, in my case, using transparent 104dB single driver horns. The J2 gave s... 
Tube DACs
As pointed out already, there’s not much random in your counselling others, and experimenting, to find a combination that allows you to hear deep into your music. I echo the finding of Ayon eqpt. noted in post above. If you have a tube transport ... 
Looking for a good small subwoofer...
KEF KC62 - recommended by a composer - studio producer friend to enhance the impact and bass weight of my full range single driver horn loudspeakers: one unit does precisely that. 10" cube, potent, works great.  
What is your opinion of single driver speakers
I’m also with the direction of observations stated. Accepting a system presents only an impression of musical performance —think “illusion engine”, to borrow from Dick Olsher’s article of something like that title— then minimal is what has worked ... 
Tube preamp options
After ten years of delight in a majestic point to point wired, outboard dual mono p/s Croft preamplifier I tried a TVC. I was shocked by the in room presence of music and the space of recordings. If that's what you're after, try a different princi... 
Great classical pianists
@chowkwan  Fabulous, I can only imagine how wonderful to be there in Dallas. You have inspired me to check; she will play in London in May the Bach / Busoni Chaconne and more, in the very same hall I heard Lang Lang play --like a well oiled machi... 
Great classical pianists
As indicated by others, there are so very many. I saw Lang Lang play at The Barbican, London, a few months ago, and thought him impressively mechanical yet unmusical and without soul. You might enjoy the wonderful Spanish player, Alicia de Larro...