I have, for a long time, been chasing an elusive sound. Warm, but detailed. Rich, but not flabby. Clear, but not harsh. My room is probably my biggest challenge. I tried Sonic Frontiers, Conrad-Johnson, Classe, Sony ES, MSB, Cambridge Audio, Hagerman, OPPO, Rotel and McCormack electronics. I also tried Vandersteen, North Creek Audio, Energy, M&K and Paradigm speakers. I would often times resort to reviews, reputation and online recommendations to try equipment. Every-time I would be underwhelmed with what I heard. My listening room is unforgiving at 19X19X9 it is just really hard to get things right. I finally decided to sell everything and started from scratch. I decided to focus on fine but understated British gear (based on early experience with Monitor Audio speakers) regardless of review and hype. The only thing I kept was my Marc Morin modified AR-XB since I did a lot of the work myself and I was emotionally attached to it. The AR has a Grado 8MZ cart, and it has about every reasonable modification that Marc offers. (It helps to be 20 minutes from his home,) The turntable feeds a Lehmann Black Cube SE phono stage. I use an Exposure 3010 S2 cd player. These feed an Exposure 3010 S2D integrated amp. The amp drives a pair of Harbeth C7 ES3 speakers and a JL Audio D110 subwoofer. I can't tell you how good this system sounds. It does everything I want it to. The sub blends extremely well with the speakers. The Exposure gear is articulate but not edgy or harsh. I bought just about everything used so I have spent 50 cents on the dollar, and just could not be more pleased. I will add pictures shortly. Never before have I been so content with the sound of my system. It is coherent, dynamic and non-fatiguing. I just may be done with the quest.