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Still looking for a new Moving Coil Cartridge
So many options;  For MC, I went with a Hana SH (high output) into the MM port of my McIntosh MA352.  It was in replacement of an Ortofon 2M Black.  Similar in price but the Hana is such a noticeable improvement.  The Hana is so much more forgivin... 
Results of Actual Hearing Test and Next Steps
@larsman since you have the personal experience I'd default to your assessment.  But as is often said, "individual results may vary" 😉. Since you have extensive experience; I tried some on at Costco and I noticed I could "feel" my voice when spea... 
Results of Actual Hearing Test and Next Steps
@mahler123, Ditto!  Can't beat Costco.  I went to both Costco and HearUSA yesterday and found similar results.  BTW; found similar with optical the same frame with prescribed lenses at Costco were hundreds less than private. Hearing Aid Price: it... 
Results of Actual Hearing Test and Next Steps
First thanks to all for weighing in on this topic.  I found all perspectives helpful.  @mark200mph pretty much nailed my situation exactly. I'm 67 My wife says I can't hear her sometimes; I hear her just fine one on one; but with a lot of back... 
Integrated Amp ideas for a very young audiophile
Fosi Audio BL20A 200W Bluetooth 5.0 Home Audio Stereo Amplifier Hi-Fi Mini Class D Integrated Amp with U-Disk/3.5MM AUX/RCA Input (on Amazon); very inexpensive, indestructible and works with Bluetooth.  It's very adequate on the sound side; someth... 
Somewhat of an oxymoron - speaker stands for the floor for bookshelf speakers.
The Dynaudio Contour 20s come with a factory stand that bolts into the bottom of the speaker cabinet.  The stands are built very heavy, but I filled the open tube portion with sand to add more weight and stability.  They are hard to move now. Sam... 
Vinyl record storage in Harvey's office, Suits TV show
I hope he didn't put his speakers in the bookshelves 😉   
upgrade path from my current speakers? (Dynaudio Special Forty)
Also add:  The resale market for your Special Forty's is very strong.  I'd reach out to some of the retail resale vendors as well as posting.  If you have original box and materials you may get near what you paid for them.  
upgrade path from my current speakers? (Dynaudio Special Forty)
Re: Dynaudio; My at home experience was Contour 20 was a significant bass response upgrade from Special Forty.  Plus you don't lose the excellent natural vocal soundstage.   
Does an upgrade make sense?
All the above 😉, add getting ears cleaned!  Listening late at night in dark environment, clearing the mind of distractions/thoughts.  Listening as a skill vs. a passive activity.  Trying a new artist or genre of music.  All good things to try.  
Does an upgrade make sense?
Ha! Me too! But I may have the cure for you. Change the way you listen; change something in the room, change the positioning of your equipment. Change before you buy anything. Read "Get Better Sound" and see if there’s anything in there that might... 
SabrinaX Sub-Crossover
Additional note, I’m using AudioQuest sub cables with a splitter so that I occupy both L and R input ports on each sub.  See the last picture (empty sound stage) in my profile for visual on set up.  
SabrinaX Sub-Crossover
I found dual sub use with a two-channel set up to be more trial and see what works as opposed to a specific formula.  So much depends on the equipment and room set up.   I'm also using a pair of Martin-Logan subs to augment my DynAudio Contours (... 
Best place to buy Mcintosh Integrated Amp
HiFi Haven Whittier CA If you are near Southern California; these guys are great and a throw back to another time.  They have been selling McIntosh exclusively since 1957 in the same location. Its not a fancy place; just an old small shop and the... 
Is the Marantz PM8006 powerful enough to power my B&W 802 Matrix Series 3?
As a former owner of a Marantz PM8005; I can say its one IA that I wish I would have kept for secondary use in another room or location.  You can bi-wire the PM8006 if it suits your taste, and even output to two subs (pre-out) if that's in your in...