cundare2

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Graphene Sluggo - Unlocking Sonic Scenery
@gladmo Can you tell us more about your power source (utility, PV, etc.), AC cables, and power conditioners? Also information about the power supplies of components that are sharing the same circuit. FWIW, I heard a similarly, probably even more... 
Recommend an MC cartridge
@porchlight1: "I have been selling and installing (and inspecting under a stereoscopic microscope) cartridges since the late 80’s. My experience has shown that Ortofon cartridges are by far the most consistent in manufacturing."   Not to... 
Recommend an MC cartridge
++1 on the Hana Umamis. They enjoy a broadly held reputation for (pardon the cliche) punching above their respective weight classes in the $2500 / $4000 range. https://www.stereophile.com/content/recommended-components-2023-edition-phono-cartridg... 
Sviatoslav Richter. Greatest pianist of the last century?
And while we’re at it, are the Beatles better than Wayne Shorter? Seriously, though, I see the value of GOAT questions not so much as a ranking mechanism, which can get a bit too masturbatory for me, but rather as a way of learning from colleague... 
Looking for a CD / SACD player. Also, tell me about Esoteric
@gthirteen Several Oppo successors have emerged over the last couple of years, but despite sounding promising on paper, they haven’t had much of a profile in the stereo-audiophile press. They’re more often reviewed in home-theater magazines. Mo... 
All around headphone amp recommendations
Audeze Deckard. Discontinued, apparently when Audeze decided to concentrate exclusively on phones, but quite well-reviewed. True Class A, includes a 32/384 USB DAC input, volume control, and three selectable gain settings for different-impedance p... 
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
...and I think the most constructive thing the OP can do is direct the dealer's attention to this thread.  Just for educational purposes.  
What was the most expensive record that you ever bought ?
Original high-grade VeeJay copy of "Introducing the Beatles".  Don't remember what I paid, bc I eventually got a full refund.  The idiot who sold it to me mailed it 3000 miles packaged between two pieces of corrugated cardboard.  Worse, he'd cut t... 
Selling, donating or giving away a good pair of vintage speakers
Finding good homes for even great gear can be a bit of a crap shoot. When I was forced to downsize some years ago, I had to sell my pristine Quad ESL-57 system, which I’d lovingly restored and enjoyed for 20-30 years. Beautiful copper grills and a... 
Non-fatiguing speakers in $10K range?
+1 @jfrmusic Surprised that you’re the only one to suggest Harbeths. Every speaker in the line is voiced beautifully. I have little tolerance for high-end anomalies and the Harbeth "ruler-flat" response curve does the trick for me. No matter what... 
sibilance in system
@yogiboy Thanks for that link. It’s a nice summary of what has been audiophile doctrine since, I dunno, the days of Peter Aczel. Yes, the author didn’t mention zenith angle, but nonetheless, I’m impressed that he or she realized that it’s rake, ... 
What is the Current Guidance on Stereo and AV Configurations
OP, for those new here, @soix has a history of trolling those who bruise his ego and, when backed into a corner, tends to retreat with "my time is too valuable to waste explaining things to my inferiors." Case in point. Sorry to pollute your threa... 
What is the Current Guidance on Stereo and AV Configurations
So you’re basically confirming what I said and arguing with things I didn’t say. Typical for @soix in trolling mode. Someone more interested in arguing than in actually reading other people's postings. To quote a great man who doesn’t know his o... 
What is the Current Guidance on Stereo and AV Configurations
@soix Respectfully disagree. Maybe you got lucky, maybe you’re just BS’ing. But either way, I hope the OP doesn’t fall into a booby trap. And yumpin yeezus, nobody’s talking about "understanding HTB." My first point described how a dual-purpose s... 
Why do Wav and Flac Files Sound Different?
@erik_squires Maybe I’m reading something into your last message, but can you explain what HDCP has to do with FLAC v. WAV? I’m not trying to hassle you, this is an honest question posed to an obviously knowledgable colleague. FWIW, this is a ...