After years of tweaking and rolling gear through to find the perfect synergy, I have gone backwards to a simpler system. Vinyl and a digital server give me what I want. The tubes with horns are sublime to my ears. I listen more these days and have stopped the changes.
Ward, even though you have scaled down the scope of your system, it's good to hear you're listening to, and enjoying listening more to your music and system.
I recently had a Chinese Audio Renaissance 845 amp re-capped and otherwise gone through, and I've been very pleasantly pleased with how it makes my Tannoy HPD's sound. Even though it's a very inexpensive amp, it's very quiet, and myself and my Tannoys really enjoy it.
Your Antique Sound Labs AQ-1006 mono-blocs, I would think, are a great match for your custom built horns, still beautiful after all these years.
My how time flies. Last time it was a year, this time it's been two years since I posted on my system. A couple changes: Auralic Altair and EAR 834P. Still loving the hobby and working on my system in the Sun room.
I used a Sonic Euphoria PLC for many years, until an amp I bought needed a few more db's of input. It was then I built the Transcendent Sound Grounded Grid, whose sound has been sufficient to please me, with better caps, tubes, and Goldpoint attenuator.
The SE PLC is so transparent, I'm sure you'll be very satisfied with it in place of the McIntosh.
Thanks Dan. Audio is a passion that I really enjoy on many levels. My next change will be the preamp. The Mac is over kill for the 845's. I have a Sonic Euphoria PLC that I'm going to roll in the system.
Schubert - My floor is hardwood glued over a concrete slab, so it transfers a lot of energy. With the speakers so close I wanted to make sure none of the vibration made it to my turntable. It works like a champ and my table is dead quiet.