Sonus Faber | Schiit | Dayens | Rega | Grado | Wright Sound | Psvane | NAD | Kimber Kable
Favor warmth and tone over attack and power. I just want Parmegiani to sound amazing...
Auditioned bookshelf speakers at a hifi shop in 2016 and went home with a pair of Sonus Faber Concertinos. I was hooked on the sound, especially how they did vocals. Then in 2018 I wanted to hear what 'more' sounded like, so I looked into the Liutos. For me, these are gorgeous music makers - lush, warm, and full. Not great for electronic stuff or speed metal, but ECM jazz and acoustic stuff and like Stevie Wonder all sound superb.
Yes, I keep looking at different preamps, but right now I'm still enjoying the $50 Sys. Clean, simple, minimal. Love it. Really lets the phono stage - with Psvane tubes from Grant Fidelity - and the Schiit Gumby shine through. The Dayens Ampino monos also have a 'sound' and I really like that sound. Only A - B'd with one other solid state amp but definitely preferred the sound of Dayens. I might move up their line someday.
Love love love the Grado Sonata. Recommended, folks.
Listen to a lot of small ensemble and solo acoustic, analog synth, vocal, weirdo and dad jazz, solo and small ensemble classical, drone, and lots of experimental stuff. Love good records from the 70s and 80s, and then current .aiff files from Bandcamp through the Schiit.
Welcome to the concrete block rack fan club. Curious why you have what looks like paper under your turntable feet. I'd strongly recommend you sit it on a level sheet of glass or maple. The speakers too would benefit from standing on paving slabs.
Nicflight - I had a Bifrost multibit that was my first DAC and I thought it sounded great. I wanted to see if I could hear what 'more' sounded like, as in, what could all that "extra" internal stuff do to digital sound? The Gumby is indeed more - mostly more detail. I think if you're coming from the Modi maybe try the Bifrost first. Love Schiit's schit, generally.