And thanks to Wmcmanus, I have discovered life beyond K1000:Listening to K1000 and speakers at the same time.
Seen Wmcmanus post about it
, doubted it, tried it, loved it, expanded it, totally sold on it and could not live without it.
No longer do I go to live classical concerts in perpetual marvel of how live performances always sound better than recorded music.
Depending on the seat and the hall, live performances do not always sound better, though they often do.
At home I can get uncannily natural sound, too, with just stereo recordings, thanks to a few psychoacoustic tricks, discussed here
In my current setup, I have a PreSonus Central Station passive preamp sending signals to three different amps that drive K1000, front speakers and Dynaco quadaptor/rear speakers. The rear speakers are for ambience effects generated through "dynaquad."
Even though K1000/speaker system startlingly approximates the concert hall experience, I still use SR225 all the time to get killer speed for rock. For the lively jazz club acoustics I am still trying to decide between DT880 and K701.
The lesson I learned is that no system is be all and end all. My first priority is the concert hall sound for my ever-growing classical collection, and Wmcmanus showed me the way.