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I’m confused. Please explain.
Ron, I can’t help but think you’ve missed an important point here. The real reason to want audio gear that makes music sound very similar to how it sounded in the convert hall (unamplified) is NOT so that you could confine your listening only to c... 
Do No Harm ... well the least harm anyway
When I had to integrate a subwoofer to a high quality desktop audio system, I had already worn out the passive alternatives. I knew it was time to get serious, so I purchased a gently used Marchand XM66 electronic crossover. I have used this with ... 
That Transformational piece of Gear We All Wish For
This may be a sideways answer, but here it is: the biggest transformation I've had in audio came not from a single device, but from changing to a new class of devices. Specifically, when I stopped using various delta-sigma DACs and started using m... 
Differences between Harbeth, Spendor, Graham, etc. ?
Just 3-4 ft away. Neither pair of speaker should sound good in this configuration, but both sound wonderful to me. In all honesty, though, I’m definitely not hearing the soundstage/imaging either pair of speaker can do. I’d need to get at least 5... 
Differences between Harbeth, Spendor, Graham, etc. ?
Hard to answer that. I only heard 2 Harbeths: one was the 40.2 (at an audio show in a fairly large room). I loved the sound of it, but you can’t fit that one. My 30.1s are being used in a nearfield audio situation, which absolutely shouldn’t work... 
Differences between Harbeth, Spendor, Graham, etc. ?
Try the Harbeth 30.1s. Wonderful sounding large 2-ways. People rushed to the get the 30.2s, the the 30.2 XDs, but IMHO, the 30.1s are the keepers. Slightly warm & distinctly musical.  
Help with high end bookshelf speakers
Whatever speakers you pursue, I recommend for a room that size that they be sealed/acoustic suspension. Speakers with that design interact less with one's (small) room, can be placed closer to the back wall if needed, and can be paired with a sub ... 
A Better Way to Buy Gear - Help Needed
My advice is walk away. This seller is absolutely full of crap The "meta" factor here is that Paypal either has or has not yet implemented an IRS-mandated reporting mechanism to compel sellers who accept money via Paypal’s "Good and Services" fea... 
little big win
Interesting story. It illustrates the mental power of preconceptions; also the power of sustained good will & persuasion to break through preconceptions. (using a speaker that doesn't sound like garbage)  
Subwoofer for music only ?
The SVS SB1000 Pro would be the ticket, assuming it's sealed/acoustic suspension, like my SB1000. That's the type of sub you need in a 13' x 13' room (same dimensions as my home office).  
Seeking Bookshelf Recommendations
In a small room you’ll get the best results/least room boundary interaction with a sealed/acoustic suspension speaker. They are few and far between, but well worth seeking out. I’ve had 4 or 5 pairs of sealed speakers in my small home office and g... 
My new review for The Absolute Sound comparing AGD GAN amps with BHK300’s
On so many threads here, some audio hooligan shows up, bristling with self-appointed importance & "expertise," and proceeds to drag the thread into snark and recrimination. Always a bummer to encounter this stuff....  
Buying Used Speakers
I have repeatedly purchased used speakers in my life. The biggest was the first: a pair of Vandersteen’s then-TOTL, the Model 4. I bought them from a west coast seller via an intermediary firm that handled the money (kind of a broker, ensuring the... 
Could Class D really be that good?
My nearfield desktop audio system is very crowded and had no space for an A/B or A amp of any kind when I switched to passive monitors ~6 years ago. Thus I was pushed into the alien (to me) world of class D amps. I did a ton of research, looking i... 
Example of a piece o’ crap, useless review
I subscribed to TAS, STEREOPHILE, and any other audio mags I could get starting >40 years ago. And of course, I've read a ton of 1/2-baked reviews in that time. Rather than trash this or that reviewer, I'd rather talk about one who is far abov...