I've got two audio setups at home, and basically, I'm trying to figure out why I prefer the sound of the less expensive one.
In my office I have a Peachtree Audio integrated amp, with an actual tube in it that you can turn on and off. TT is a Technics SL-1200mkII with an Ortofon Blue cartridge and the basic Rega phono amp. Speakers are Audio Physic Yara bookshelf speakers.
In my main room I run a Bel Canto integrated amp w/ integrated phono amp powering Dynaudio Focus 30s. TT is a Rega RP6 with the Exact cartridge.
Basically I find the office setup a bit "warmer" and just pleasant to listen to. A bunch of people will point to the tube in the integrated amp (which does make a difference) but I feel this way even with the tube off. There is something about the Rega I think I don't like, for one. I feel like the audio is balanced slightly to the right and the sound is more like a CD player than vinyl. The entire system sort of reminds me of what people say about DPA mics... it's kind of "clinical" to me. I was kind of biased against the Rega going in because the company sold me a bum RP1, but I got talked into it. The Dynaudios I also wasn't that familiar with, but they do seem to be focused mainly on "accuracy" rather than a more pleasant/warm sound. I do like having an integrated modern amp because I also have digital material running through it (a Sonos and my TV stuff).
I'll probably not do anything for a while, but I'm just wondering if these opinions strike people as common ones about this equipment. If anything in all of it, I really, really love those Audio Physic speakers. They are maybe a hair bright, but to me they just sound great.
All opinions welcome.