The glass shelves look great. That is one hell of a set up. I have always wanted to display a rack of Carver amps like that but never seemed to make it happen.
I have a vertical Phase Linear 400 and pre-amp that would look great in the right side of your rack
Just curious what DAC's you and OO are using. I noticed a huge difference when I added a Cambridge Audio Magic Dac vs the analog outputs on the Apple TV. Then I upgraded the Cambridge to an Eastern Electric DAC and it had a different sound, which I liked. Now I am using the AN DAC and am pretty settled on that config.
One thing I did do though, is recently I down loaded a copy of Pure Music. It has a 15 day trial period. I have noticed a big difference using that instead of iTunes to play my music. I thought iTunes was wonderful until I tried PM
I have no troubles with imaging and projection when playing digital music. i wonder why you are seeing a difference?
Just something to maybe try.
I think OO has a Benchmark DAC, come to think of it,
HT - Sunfire TG IV, Sunfire Cinema Grand Sig. 400 x 5, Oppo 93, Klipsch LaScala (3), Cornwalls (2), SW-12, Sony 60" LCD
2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV
2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's
2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns
2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers
2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin