First off, I'd like to thank everyone that has helped me along the way. :)
Now that Russ A.(Hoosier21) made me an offer I could not and would not refuse for his Dodd MLP, I'm only one or two pieces away from what I consider "my 2-channel reference system". :D All I have left to get is a better amp, either all tube or hybrid. I may consider a nice ss, but probably not. The other piece will be a tube dac, although, with the mods that Zero did to this AMC, I'm not sure how much, if any, a dac will change things. I wish there was some way of me demoing one. I don't believe that there's a store in my area that would allow for that. :(
So, now that I have a new pre coming, that I will never need to replace, and the SRS 2s that Mark so kindly let me take home with me, I have the two, imo, pieces that have the most influence over what I get to hear. I know, the source, the source. Well, I'm very pleased with my source's sound. I do, like I said earlier, want to try out a decent tube dac to see if there will be any difference. The CD8b, from what I've read, is a pretty decent transport and now that the dacs, opamps, and rca jacks have been upgraded, it's an all around great cdp. Would I like to try a Jolida or Ah, of course, but there's the thing about the return on the investment issue. Would I be better off getting one of these and not worry with the dac or just get a decent tubed dac?
The only thing that I can see me playing around with, after I get the final two "permanent" pieces, would be trying out different ICs. I'm very happy with my speaker cables that I got from SCompRacer, Tara Labs Primes, fat pipes!!!
At some point in time, I would like to try the MIT shotgun ICs, but that will have to wait for a while, too salty. I can't believe how many different ICs and speaker cables are being manufactured these days, it's gotten out of hand, imo. But now that I've actually heard the differences in even my "OKAY" ICs, I do believe that they can make an actual dramatic change in "my system".
There again, there will be a point where that return on the investment issue will arise for me.
Thanks to all the members that I've gotten such great deals and advice from. Maybe someday, ya'll will get to listen to what I've put together. Maybe that might not be a good thing, you might not think it sounds all that good. That really doesn't matter, though, cause it sounds damn good to me.
I've wrote all this and the whole time, I was thinking.....Who am I kidding, this will be a never ending journey. I can dream, though, right?? :D