I’ve been reading stereo.net for a while and it’s been really helpful, there’s a lot of knowledge and expertise in this community. The classifieds are great too, but quite dangerous as there is a large turnover where well-priced gear sells quickly!
I find myself upgrading every 10 years and have just done so. Like a few others on here (@psychometrics1 @rockeater), I’ve got the Electrocompaniet bug! Especially, the older gear, where there is definitely a sacrifice of detail and resolution for warmth and musicality. I’m running an EC-4.6 preamp with a pair of AW-180 monoblocks and it’s pretty valvey for SS gear, but with some real slam and solid bass. I’m running these with a pair of Sonus Faber Electa that are about 35 years old but image beautifully, although they do get a bit lost with complex orchestral music – I’ll look for that in the next upgrade 😊 I’ve forgotten how well bookshelf speakers image!
For sources, I’m running an Electrocompaniet ECD-1 DAC, which also follows the same signature of the older EC gear, as in it is not as detailed as some of the latest dacsbut still sounds so musical. I guess that’s the trade-off between high fidelity sound and musical reproduction. I guess audio to me is a kind of aesthetic of sound. I go to a lot of live music: classical, jazz, rock, punk, electronic and I like a sound that mimics my impression of that, which I know is not completely accurate.
I also run a pro-ject classic turntable and have a commonwealth turntable that I’m looking to get a plinth built for. I use Audirvana on a Mac mini via a musical fidelity v-link 192 as a streaming transport into my dac and should probably update this at some stage, although I want to be able to hear a difference between this and something like an auralic if I do.
Probably, my next purchases will be upgrading my speaker cables and then an MC phono cartridge. Before that I need to sell my Elac speakers, Canary valve pre and a couple of Electrocompaniet power amps, which I’ll advertise soon.
Really happy to be joining the community – Cheers!