Here's my setup: iPad streaming lossless -> Pure I-20 -> Schiit Gungnir DAC -> Woo Audio WA2 w/very good tubes ->HD-800.
Here's my problem: It's a good mid-fi system, but it's incredibly unforgiving--so unforgiving that 95% of my recordings are basically unlistenable. I have 15 or 20 recordings that sound truly glorious--magical--and maybe another 10 or so, like Ziggy Stardust, that are acceptable. Effectively, that's now the sum total of my music catalog, since I find myself listening to these recordings over and over. I guess when I got into audiophilia, I just didn't anticipate how much time it'd take to find good recordings (not having SACD capability doesn't help), and that process is getting old very fast. I find myself buying music not because I'm drawn to the music itself, but because it's well recorded. To make matters worse, I just don't see myself owning multiple set ups (I have a spinal disease, which means I have to be supine 99.5% of the time--one "rig" is all I can manage). Downgrading would entail a real loss--my catalog may be limited, but even the word "magical" doesn't quite do the pleasure justice. I'm just not seeing a solution.