So, after having given my ears some rest, I decided to go all in. I purchased a McIntosh MXA70 integrated mini-system along w a McIntosh MCT80 Cd Transport. The #1 idea being, small speakers but great sound. The #2 idea being..holy crap, it's McIntosh! So far, my ears seem to be enjoying the sound. Have had it for a few days, so just getting used to things. Initially, I thought the sound was a bit "smaller". But, as the hours have gone on, it is starting to sound fuller by the second. the best part is, I don't seem to be having major ear ringing with it...must remind myself to watch the volume, but maybe, just maybe, I have finally found the dream hi-fi system that will take me into old age. Fingers crossed!