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Where Do I Go from Here?
I'm not quite as old (69) but I have had similar thoughts. I'm running a pair of Thiel CS6 speakers with Krell amplification. I have been to 3 audio shows and I have thus far concluded that to significantly better my system I'm going to have to sp... 
If Steely Dan had a different vocalist
@audiowebe Thanks for the recommendation! I have been a shameless Steely Dan fanboy from their first album. I listened to a few Monkey House tracks and I will listen to their whole catalog. The tracks I listened to are recorded with a very warm so... 
Diving into balanced
Go with the longer cable. It's much easier to manage. Balanced cables are used in professional recording because a balanced connection is much better at rejecting noise for long runs. It's not unusual to have cable runs that are 50 feet or more i... 
AI-Written Stereophile Articles
I read Stereophile and TAS and I've also noticed a decline in writing quality. I have attributed this to a lack of editing. I think that the editors now just check for factural accuracy and let the articles go through with poor wording. Let's fac... 
Amp showing its age?
Depending on the model of amp it could be worth it to get it repaired. For example, I have a Krell KSA 300S from the mid 90's that I bought new. It worked fine for over 20 years and then died with a puff of smoke. I was lucky that there was a qual... 
Enormous...The Gorge (Documentary)
Wow, thanks for that tip. I live about 30 miles from the venue and I have seen Radiohead, and a few other bands there. I hadn't heard of the movie - I'll certainly watch it!  
If A.I. took the place of musicians, would you listen to it?
Great thread. Thanks @hilde45 We are experiencing a preview of A.I. generated music right now. If you have Serius XM try listening to the station of current Pop hits for a couple of hours. There are three or four genres and within those genres th... 
The criteria for loudspeaker choices.
@rpeluso My specific bad experience was with a PSA PerfectWave Transport ($4000 retail). I had three drive failures in 6 years. I played the unit around 4 to 6 hours per week. I learned that PSA used the cheapest grade of computer drive (around $... 
Looking for a component for ripping and playing CD's.
I know you said you don't want to use a PC but I suggest that you reconsider that option. The main reason for this is that you have a lot of CDs to rip and it will take a fair bit of time to do it. I ripped my collection of over 4000 CDs into unco... 
The criteria for loudspeaker choices.
I appreciate the OP calling out the inconsistency of PSA's marketing hype. I've had a very bad experience with PSA gear and after looking deeper into their company and their marketing approach I have found a lot of evidence that their products are... 
Recommend a DAC based on Analog Devices?
I have an Audio Mirror Tubadour IV and I can vouch for it. It's a nice DAC.  
Half-Speed Masters - are they worth double dipping?
Interesting thread but I think a few things need clarification. Half-Speed Mastering by itself does not increase the dynamic range (DR) of a vinyl record. It slows down the cutting lathe which results in greater micro detail. The DR of the vinyl ... 
What is the lowest voltage acceptable ?
Gene from Audioholics has a video on the effect of low voltages on power amplifiers. If the voltage gets low enough it will affect the output of your amplifier if you play it loud. IIRC he was talking about voltages of around 100 volts or even low... 
Discrete R2r With Tube Output
+1 for Audio Mirror Tubadour IV, however, it does use an Analog Devices chip. I have one and it sounds excellent and I like the appearance and the way it works.  
Wilson Sabrina X ... oh my God! and Jadis... or?
If you use the Sabrina X with a tube amp you will not hear the frequency response the speaker was designed to give. You may like the distorted response you will hear but it is not what Darrel Wilson intended. I would suggest trying the Sabrina wit...