Responses from fstein

Some thoughts on ASR and the reviews
It is hard to argue in favour of bad engineering. Present thinking is that the original AR speakers were muffled/dull. I had 3’s then 5’s (vastly underrated) When Vilchur,Kloss and Hoffman released their epochal design, they deliberately rolled... 
Some thoughts on ASR and the reviews
One starting point for all gear should be proper engineering. If it is badly engineered, then good sound is only an accident. Yes, we have seen the reviews in S'phile of subjective raves followed by Atkinson's baffled measurements. ASR is a start... 
Recommend a non-polite sounding amp / integrated
CDC: I urge you to try a fosi or topping chip amp. for $150 or much less, you may be happy. Little to lose  
Recommend a non-polite sounding amp / integrated
for a bit more money go Purifi  
Recommend a non-polite sounding amp / integrated
look at the chifi TI  3255 chip powered amps. Chump change. Astonishing.  
What's your experience with snooty HiFi salesmen?
I had the pleasure of watching Lyric in NYC go broke.  
get the new technics 1500  
Placement of subwoofers
Place a subwoofer on your seat and walk around the room. This will reveal nodes and optimum placement  
subwoofer slight hum
Is your interconnect shielded?  
Which Line Level, Balanced Preamplifier?
get an integrated  
I have NOVA V's and I am not happy
Schitt Lokius  
A cunundrum of sorts... any ideas?
2 separate systems  
Im looking for the next upgrade. I'm not real sure which way I want to go Help!
Room acoustics!!!  
Denon DL-302 rebuild thoughts
The best is the enemy of the good. The more complex the stylus shape the fussier the setup will be. If you don't have (or are not) a tt specialist, I would avoid the micro-ridge.  
Thoughts about the "Cheapaudioman" on YouTube
I think most of the people on this site have never heard cheap audio. If you had, you would be shocked at how good "mid-fi" has gotten in the last 20 years