jlbkmb1958

Responses from jlbkmb1958

Recommend me a tube integrated amplifier
Lost me at the subwoofer output.  
If A.I. took the place of musicians, would you listen to it?
I don't listen to much recorded after about 1980 anyway; it won't be a problem.  
Do your ears deceive you?
It’s not that complicated. Don’t buy complete junk that’s going to be a weak link, and don’t spend more than about 5% of your system cost on cables because you can probably get more improvements elsewhere. Then forget about it and enjoy.   
That Transformational piece of Gear We All Wish For
Tubes are definite "transformational."  Enjoy.  
Find the Problem
How many hours do you have on the stylus?  Have you used a test record to verify your setup?  
Would you still pay $10k or more for a turntable not full analog front end these days ?
Why would I allow anything digital anywhere near my analog system?  
Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
Probably the phono stage, the preamp, and the power amp; in that order. Best of the are all pure tube.   
Digital LP’s
Fortunately, I'm not interested in much music recorded during the digital era.  I also try to avoid reissues with intermediate digital steps, but sometimes that's the best you can do.  
Not sure what to think
If you want to hear a difference... tubes.  
When Was The Audio Golden Age?
Modern analog equipment based on old design. Great selection of cartridges, tubes, and passive speakers available today.   
Leaving tube amps on.
Once I turn mine on for the day, it stays on until I’m done for the day; so it’s usually on for 8-10 hours even if I’m only listening for 4-6 hours.   
Living With A Class A Tube Amp
I use a push pull with a quad of KT88 tubes; it consumes about 2-300 W and has an output of about 35 wpc. I definitely generates some heat. The tubes themselves are like exposed light bulbs. The majority of the heat seems to come from the transfor... 
Power cords: does length matter?
Seems like just adjusting the tube bias based on whatever voltage you end up with is the easy answer. The line power goes through an input transformer and a rectifier before it’s actually used. I assume solid state amps do something analogous?  
Why even bother?
I’ve pretty much decided that buying used equipment from private parties is more trouble than it’s worth.   
Dedicated mains supply unexpected result
If we are talking about a tube amp, check/reset the bias.