Responses from jimmyblues

Help with high end bookshelf speakers
If you want to try an excellent sounding bookshelf speaker that can be had used for under $500 a pair, I would recommend the KEF Reference Series 101. It's very well made and similar in design to an early Rogers LS3/5A. It even uses the same drive... 
Do you belong more to souce first or to speakers first school of thought ?
In regard to this subject,  back in the mid 1980's  I was visiting a Linn Naim dealer who had some articles written regarding audio.  One was called "The Hifi Hierarchy" written by Linn Audio founder Ivor Tiefenbrun.  Here,  Ivor described how the... 
How Long Should a First Watt SIT3 Last ?
@tonydennison  Glad to help!  👍  
How Long Should a First Watt SIT3 Last ?
Quicksilver amplifiers are designed to last a lifetime. They have simple circuits and use quality components. My QS Mini Mite mono blocks are 18 years old and still going strong. Bought them new from Mike Sanders in 2006. If you still enjoy the so... 
Suggestions for testing a never installed, 20-year boxed amp.
I’d contact Pass Labs. They may tell you to run the amplifier through a variac in order to allow the capacitors to reform safely. Best of luck. 👍  
How Soon Do You Realize You Don't Like a Piece of Gear?
Whether it’s a tube audio component or solid state, it does take some time for the component to break in. Once it does the sound of the component will be based on the rest of your system. For example, a bright sounding amplifier may be a nice addi... 
Seeking Bookshelf Recommendations
If you want a really nice sounding speaker that's a bargain on the used market you might want to consider a pair of KEF Reference Series Model 101's.  They can usually be purchased in nice condition for around $500.  I've had Rogers LS3/5A's (both... 
Quicksilver silver 60 amplifiers
I bought my QS Mini Mite  monoblocks new in 2006.  18 years later they still sound great.  Mike Sanders builds simple, reliable amplifiers that use quality parts and are built to last. Hope you enjoy the Silver 60's!  👍  
Dickie Betts died earlier today at 80 years of age
He was an incredible talent.  May he rest in peace.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏  
Mark Levinson Has Saved Me And My MUSIC!!
All of the advances made in audio gear over the past several decades bring me to mind of the early days of Mark Levinson when Mark actually owned the company. Mark Levinson audio gear has always had a cache about it. I remember when Mark started t... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
Antique Sound Lab made some excellent SET amplifiers back in the 2000’s. You may want to research them as they can frequently be found for sale on the used market. Best of luck 👍  
New, Very Interesting CD Transport
I remember the CEC transport with the unique belt drive system. It was really expensive at the time. I seem to vaguely remember the price being somewhere around $10,000? As I recall it was positively reviewed by the audio critics. Back to reality... 
Linn Kans
There are about five different generations of the Linn Kan: Kan 1, Kan 2 (biampable), Kan 3, Kan 4 & Kan 5. The first two generations area made of wood and are considered by many hi-fi enthusiasts to be the most desirable versions of the Kan. ... 
Burt Bacharach has passed away
What a talent Burt was.  He and Hal David composing and Dionne Warwick singing their songs made them one of the most dynamic influences  in the music industry back in the 1960's and 1970's. The music world has lost a Giant!  RIP Burt.... 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏  
What I wish I knew before starting my audiophile journey
I’ve been in this great hobby for nearly 50 years. In the early 1990s I was fortunate enough to be able to join Walt Bender’s (Rest In Peace Walt) subscription by invitation (Audiomart biweekly magazine) which included hundreds of used pieces of h...