immatthewj

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Marantz SA10 sacd player
My guest it’s a refurbished unit. Sounds like they didn't do much refurbishing.  I need to quit putting off checking the hours on mine.  
Changing a speaker color
I've never painted speakers, but back in '02 I was working in a composite shop and I brought in some wooden window shutters, sanded off the old finish, shot them with two coats of USAirways blue and then a coat of clear and they are still holding ... 
Which has a greater effect on music,int.amp or CD?
. . . thinking back, I remember, back in the '90s, trying out a Mesa Baron dual monoblock-in-one chassis- tube amp. I remember perceiving that as a heavily colored and warm sounding amp, and I also remember during the course of that audition (I ha... 
Which has a greater effect on music,int.amp or CD?
I know that you did say "excluding speakers," but if it was a "rock & roll system" I wanted to put together I think what I would do is try out some of the speakers that the rockers consider to be "rock & roll speakers" (I am not really a r... 
Beautiful Colored Tube Preamp ($10k budget) to Pair w/ Very Accurate Monitors (PSI A25M)
As far as the Cary SLP05, I don’t consider mine to be all that warm. It could be the tubes I am running in the balanced input sockets, or the cables I am using, or another component in my system, but I felt replacing my old Cary SLP90 with the SLP... 
Best 12AU7?
I find it bright, but in a very nice, warm and fat way! That seems like a contradiction in terms?  
Does it have to sound good for you to like it?
We take turns meeting at each member’s home, allowing each member to host and present/share their music, food, wine/drinks and good company. Most of the members have various consumer-level listening stations: AV receivers, Bluetooth soundbars and... 
A stupid question(s) about power cords
So this morning I swapped in the stock cord and the problem is solved. @audphile1  , to clarify, so I am not misunderstanding, are you saying that the power cord that came with the unit is preferable to your ears than the Preffair?  
Watts! How many do we need?
@atmasphere  , is it watts that drive the speaker?  (I know that if I put the + & - lead of my vm on the corresponding speaker posts. I get an AC volt reading which varies depending upon volume level.)  But if it is watts that drive the speake... 
Thumper’s Mother
@immatthewj -  I dont think anyone complained about the word I used - it’s most likely an algorithm that instantly deletes.   @polkalover  , I do not know for sure one way or the other about that, and I do not know what word you used, but I jus... 
Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
Which is more important to walking? The left or the right leg?  Not a good analogy.  
Thumper’s Mother
happy moderators? @polkalover  , I don't think that the moderators arbitrarily take it upon themselves to read and delete posts.  My understanding is that if they receive a certain number of complaints (some one once said it was three) due to f... 
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
@immatthewj the fact the unit was $10k is what blew my mind.  This isnt a mCIntosh where you can go anywhere to hear it.  Who the heck drops $10k on a used product with extremely limited distribution / demand  that they've never heard besides a f... 
A stupid question(s) about power cords
@audphile1  , without any sarcasm whatsoever, I envy your critical ear.  Or maybe I don't--I can see where it could be a curse. I still have not put a full 100 hours on the new speakers I installed in my system at roughly the same time as the thr... 
Auditioning Used Equipment - Am I crazy ?
This experience I am going to quickly relate is a lot lower $ than yours, but back in ’99 there was a local dealer getting out of 2 ch stereo and getting more into HT and he had an old heavily altered (to the point it would have been hard to sell)...