fredapplegate

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Best Music Streamer to pair with Rogue Audio monoblocks and Pre-Amp
All good choices! I have 2 nodes and the software can't be beat. That being said, I switched my whole front end to a Moon 390, which incorporates a streamer and I have been very happy. I now mostly listen to my NAS or lps.  Moon makes great produ... 
Cool running, low powered power amp
Consider the Schiit Aegir. No, really. I just swapped a pair of Aegirs for an ARC VT100MkIII and they are no joke. You'd probably only need one. And the resale on Schiit is so good... I mean, why not? It's less than you spent on your cartridge, ... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
@yyzsantabarbara  I've read the review in Absolute Sound. And from the specifications tab in the link you sent, i see that the front firing tweeter, midrange and mid bass drivers are made of the same material. Vandersteen insists that this is ver... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
Yyzsantabarbara: "No one does that with cones." Vandersteen does.  
if you had this system, what would you do to make it sound the best you can
You have a nice system with very high quality parts. Congratulations! Some good advice so far, and no one but you can know what is going to make a difference, but as a start: Try eliminating the power conditioner entirely. You may not need it, a... 
A listening test of two power amps
What a great post! Thoughtful and challenging and, wow! thorough. And you're absolutely right about naming the amps! That would just trigger the haters to... well, hate. "How can a $30 op-amp sound better than a 200lb amp with a 1/4" front panel?... 
The Psychology of Constant (Equipment) Change
It's fun to mix and match and do all the connections... You don't have a problem. You have a hobby.  Enjoy!  
Stolen property
Some thoughts: If they don't have the box that's a worry, but not a deal breaker. Ask about associated equipment, cables etc, and how long they've owned them and how much they paid for them. Know who you are dealing with: email, phone number, phy... 
Best HIFI Stores LA/Orange
+1 Audio Element, Carlsbad or Pasadena, very knowledgeable, lots of turntables and cartridges and great setup. +1 Shelley's Woodland Hills +1 Upscale (Call ahead, definitely)  
Which turntable? Pro-Ject or VPI?
I have a Project and a Thorens TD126. I'd buy the VPI, but IMHO they're pretty close, really. Depends on the cartridge, too.  
Songs you use when auditioning gear
Lots of great recommendations! I'll be buying some new music.  Janis Ian "Breaking Silence" cut This House. Her almost whispered vocals should be easy to understand over the great bass line. And it's a good song.  Have fun!   
Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
I feed dsd over hdmi from a Sony 1100es to my Moon 390, but you're right: you can't output the sacd layer without a breakout box. If you want to hear the sacd layer you will need to rely on the player's internal dac so that part is very important.... 
Best single volume guide to classical music
My favorite addition to the many good and worth recommendations so far: "The Life and Death of Classical Music featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made" by Norman Lebrecht, Anchor Books, 2007 Eccentric, personal, knowledgeable, c... 
Starting a Classical Vinyl Music Collection
A reasonably priced record cleaner is your first step. I have a VPI 16.5, but you don’t have to start there. The Spin-Clean is a good starting place, next up the line the Record Doctor V. And then start shopping used. (But stay away from RCA after... 
There is none out there......
Hifi sales people think you should spend more? Will wonders never cease... I have 2 Bluesound Nodes and they work very well, sound great and the app is nonpareil. Try it first, at least, to see what you think. BTW, I use a Simaudio Moon 390 in m...