I sense a 30+page debate here...can we try to avoid it folks? Just need some advice is all!
Ok, a local store sells Audioquest ICs, I sent them an email asking what they'd recommend to upgrade my 15 year old ICs that have deathgrip ends by the feel of it, don't laugh...Optex Pro Series. Anyways This store has recommended the Evergreen line of ICs at $35 a pop for a 1 meter run. I'd need two. But I'm not abject to going higher up the Audioquest chain. Sure I'd love to order from say BJC or Douglas Connection but I live a life free of credit cards and Paypal so I tend to shop locally.
In essence folks, what from AQ's product line up would keep the warm feeling in my rig without bringing out the bright in the towers that I've surprisingly managed to eliminate with a good AVR, fine amp and fairly nice speaker cables. My current ICs I know aren't the best and while they are 15 years old and sound "good" I'm sure I can do better. That said however I'd like to keep the prices to average joe type affordability so feel free to let the opinions fly but c'mon we don't need no fighting here, keep it fun as this hobby can be fun and trust me...the fun I had with the rig in stereo mode on the weekend can only get better!
Oh the system getting new ICs, the living room one...from CDP to AVR then from AVR to the powerplant as I like to call it now.