Re: Is Sunfire TGP5 worth it, or should I get better pre/pro?
If you want the 1000, you can always buy it and if you don't like it return it. For my money, I like the 890 better, and my systems reflect this. The 890 runs my main rig with a huge list of sources, the 1000 is in the bedroom as the lack of buttons makes it more cumbersome to use and would frustrate the heck out of me in the main rig...
FWIW A Proceed AVP-S with a minor display issue just hit A'gon for $850....
1) Proceed and Esoteric have pretty different sounds so not. Are the DAC's good in the AVP? Yes, and the unit has a smooth sonic signature that appeals to me and my taste.
2) That's a tough one and it harps back to an old audiophile argument, do you start at the source or the speakers??? The DV-50 is a smoking goo d CD player, but will the Pioneer Elite do it the justice it deserves? Not sure, I would say get both, but obviously that costs more...
BTW jeff, TT is Turn Table (Yep, I'm strongly considering going back to vinyl!)
You know damn well why I'd do that!!! Now if you'd get some multichannel gear to go with those tubes......
Ken Taraszka, MD