dhite71

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Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
@willyht what has your experience been? Since I started upgrading my system from mid-fi to hi-fi 6 years ago it has been 100% Audio Research. I have been through 9 different preamps and 4 different amps. I always saw the biggest impact from amps... 
What was the most expensive record that you ever bought ?
I just ordered my most expensive ever!  Electric Recording Company - The Stooges/Fun House I have been curious about their records and said what the heck.    
A Better Way to Buy Gear - Help Needed
@inagroove  I too am glad it worked out and you got the piece you wanted I have made some wild trips over the past 5 years on speaker runs  As a buyer/seller that is also adament about Friends & Family...to all those critical, it works!  Es... 
All Hail the meek --yet mighty – NODE 2i
I also started my streaming with the Node 2i.  I always had it going coax out to an external DAC.  That list was(not in this order) Schiit Gungnir & Yggy,  Audio Research DAC 7, DAC 8, GSi 75 and CD6.  At one point I tried an Aurender N10 and ... 
A Better Way to Buy Gear - Help Needed
@inagroove  I have done PP F&F for the past 2.5 years as a buyer and seller of $5-10k items.  I have 100% feedback and most of those I dealt with did as well.  There were not any with neg marks but there were a couple with no feedback.  If I ... 
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
@bobbydd  I like searching for deals ; ) Echo Hi-Fi is a great group to deal with and have a BAT VK-75SE. I have no experience with this brand but this seems like a nice option for consideration.    
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
@bobbydd  There is an ARC REF 80S that just came up here for $9000    
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
@bobbydd If you decide to try a more modern ARC, don’t get distracted by the other amps, like the REF 150. The REF 75SE would be all you need. It checks all your boxes for simple, fewer tubes and easy to bias from the faceplate. The 150 you have... 
Electric Recording Company
Michael Fremer has a nice article about them explaining the resulting sound. They are purists and make no enhancements whatsoever to try and deliver a record that is as close to being in the studio as possible. You only live once so I wanted to tr... 
Tube amps under $7500
@hickamore  i am an ARC fan all the way. I started about 6 years ago with a pair of Classic 120 monoblocks. They replaced a pair of bridged Parasound HCA 2200ii. I also bought an HCA 3500 to try as well and sold all the Parasound amps. I later we... 
Requesting opinions about 4 specific amplifiers
@jpipes  No disrespect to not being able to answer your question directly.  I have not had any of those specific amps but did use older Parasound for several years.  I had the HCA 2200ii and then the HCA3500.  All being John Curl designs may mean... 
Tracks that bring out the best of YOUR digital system
I mainly listen to vinyl so often find myself seeing how digital compares and what comes closest to vinyl.  I will be scanning the posts over the weekend when streaming and checking out some tracks A dealer I met was obsessed with this song.  It ... 
Listening Room
I have my system set up in the front room of my house.  I have a loveseat with the right side in the sweet spot.  Behind me is the living room and dining room.  Off to the side is the staircase for upstairs.  This positioning fills my entire home ... 
Audiophile frame of mind
@audioquest4life  I just checked out those AMG grills.  That seems to be in the reasonable zone of really investing in a lifelong grill.  If I had a poolside kitchen that was covered and a big family that I spent lots and lots of time that would ... 
Audiophile frame of mind
@grislybutter While Weber seemed like the default and safe move, I did a little research and settled on the Napoleon Prestige PRO 500.  It is no Kalamazoo but I think I will get many years of enjoyment.  Thinking back a few months ago, I bought a ...