Responses from gavman

Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
I've moved on from ARC gear. Ime it sounds superficially impressive, plenty bass, dynamics, big soundstage but lacks musicality when compared to the best. I'd be happy to have it in an AV system. Macintosh are midfi at best and don't belong in a r... 
Focal v Wilson
The combination of Focal Utopias and Boulder amplification has synergy made in heaven. Boulder use Grande Utopias in their listening room, so it's not unexpected.  As for Wilsons...Wilson + Soul = Focal Utopias  
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
Tektondesign seems to have a fixation on Focal Utopias. Speaking as an owner of Stella Utopias, i wouldnt stand on a pair of tektons to clean my Stellas.   While it’s good that he builds speakers for the visually impaired, his sales patter would... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
McIntosh has a storied reputation in the high-end audio world   Really?? Nah Mediocre at best, dreadful design, appeals to dumb patriotism. All this talk of American Craftsmanship, when there are infinitely better choices available domestic... 
What happens when the stylus tip wears out on a $12,000 cartridge?
Guys any chance we could knock the Random Capitalisation on the head? It's like reading a trump tweet  
Who out there wants to, or has, validated an amazing cable find?
@roxy54  My mistake, mistook Klyne for Fyne  
Who out there wants to, or has, validated an amazing cable find?
You're using Fyne speakers. That's your problem right there. They can sound uncouth at the top, the cable you are raving about is acting as a tone control and reducing clarity, definition, plus glare, and sibilance.   The best cables i have use... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
I was intruiged to see how the OMA K3 looks. My goodness it is ugly. I mean, not completely charmless like the congealed aluminium turd that is the american sound as2000,  but close. From the decks under discussion here, i find the Esoteric very ... 
"Hardly Used / Less than 100 Hours / Took out for pics only"????
@thecarpathian a less indulgent explanation could be: that I’m using my cat’s indisposition as an excuse to buy speakers😁   As fer the bunfight Had a whole speech thunked up pon the subjest of my cats interesting genetics, or his remarkable ... 
"Hardly Used / Less than 100 Hours / Took out for pics only"????
@thecarpathian  Thank you sir....and a very happy Christmas to you  
"Hardly Used / Less than 100 Hours / Took out for pics only"????
I own a pair of Focal Stella Utopias. I adore them. To my ears they have but a single fault: they are not open baffle. Wolf von Langa builds open baffle speakers with a tremendous reputation. They are based in Germany, I am in the UK. It was my p... 
Sound Stage and Imaging
I can passionately recommend a used pair of Alon (now Nola) 4 or 5's, which can be found for less that $2k. The open baffle mid and tops provide incredible soundstaging with pinpoint imagery when driven by a big solid state amp like a Krell ksa 10... 
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
Only if we want to understand the world around us - as it really is  
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
One movie I still need to see is Birth Of A Nation.  The pro KKK film??  
$50k - $80k Budget…Opinions please.
I fail to see why anyone would buy Macintosh. Abject mediocrity. If your priority is to purchase US domestic products, buy Boulder. They wipe the floor with Mac. Watching videos from Munich the Mac - Sonus Faber room was easily the worst. But t...