Responses from wturkey

Records and CDs
@dekay    ”If I didn't have vinyl (and a slow reading thermometer) I wouldn't have anything to do.”   Nice  
Which turntable? Pro-Ject or VPI?
VPI. Although dated, the upgrade path is huge. Platters, Plinths, motors, feet, etc. Mine started as an HW-19 junior. 25 years later it now has the stainless/acrylic plinth, Superplatter, SME V arm, outer ring clamp, center clamp and herbies tende... 
Solid State Low powered Amplifiers
If your preamp has a low gain setting, it may broaden the amplifier options greatly.   
Mcintosh pre amp pricing
Congratulations on the purchase. I have been eyeing the McIntosh brand for quite some time. Please follow up with your impressions of the unit.   
Finally got a Luxman
Gotta love Audiogon.   O.P. Comments about integrated upgrade performance.    Trolls wanna argue about speaker upgrade kits….   🤔  
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
“Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!?”   Mine was low cost. It is the Audiogon forums…   Knowledge is power.   
New Phono Cart with Character Needed
The Grado Prestige Gold, in my experience, is a there there cartridge that may provide what you seek. The cash outlay is negligible and the company has been around for quite some time. Grado may not be as fashionable as a Soundsmith or a Hana yet ... 
Ripping CDs
It appears you are not set up to rip cds. Contract the job out to someone local to perform the task. Their fee may be as low as keeping copies of your music…  
Adcom pre amp versus Van Alstine
At the prices these units command, buy both and evaluate on your own time. Report back here with the winner. Everyone loves a shootout.   
Anyone listen to Music on a FM tuner anymore?
Oh yes indeed. Maybe not daily but quite often. A tuner from the XDR guy does the job quite nicely.   
Technics SL-1310 Mk2
I have two Technics "auto" turntables. The SL-Q3 and the 1600 MK2. Not to derail what you seek, yet the SL-Q3 is highly recommended. Being able to select the number of repeats is very nice. It is a great low frills unit that will tide you over unt... 
If Conrad Johnson still made a DAC it would sound like??
Van Alstine may be close to what you seek. Definitely not as rich as a CJ product yet way less "nails on a chalkboard" sound than many of the products out there...  
Can we contribute
@audition__audio   Amen, sir. Having to guess as to what the reviewer may or may be trying to say is tiresome at best. A healthy dose of honest reviews sure would be nice...  
Happy Holidays to All
Thank you!    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.   
Is it important to long demo or own HIGH END gear to have a fair accurate view about it?
“Long demo”? A year? A quarter?    Many opinions on the definition of “long.” Mine is about an hour. If it doesn’t irritate me beyond belief it remains for a while for further investigation. I’ve found that if it’s that irritating out of the g...