jpan

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Which has a greater influence on sound quality, the amp or the preamp?
@scm  I’m with you. I’ve had preamps from Pass and Herron. Very good stuff. But, I’ll stick with my EM/IA Remote Autoformer (pure silver) all day, every day. When I put that sucker in my system it was one of those glorious audiophile days. In th... 
Your Ultimate Phono Preamp: Which One Would You Choose?
What @mijostyn said: Channel D Seta L20    
Would you move to a bigger house if you could just to have a better listening room ?
Most definitely.  Interesting to see the different reasons for/against.  
Quandary
I think you made the right choice. Just as you stated: it’s one thing to charge for a demo (and we can argue over the amount), but it’s another to charge and not give you what you want. That’s weird to me. You cannot have a successful demo (of any... 
Music first or sound first?
Well it’s the qualifier “in listening to their rigs“ that changes my answer. With that it is always the sound over the music. There are many ways, for me, to enjoy music. But when it comes to my rig, I want it to sound like nothing else, as if it... 
Looking for the next level in imaging...
Borresen speakers. They do many, many things right and imaging is most definitely one of them.  
If you have a nice system why do you really need room treatments?
Because you need to think of the room as another component in your system. Except this component is “unwanted” and, yet, inescapable regardless of how much “stuff” you have or don’t have in it. There are different ways to manage the room—speaker p... 
Are You a Swifty?
I think she’s pretty great. I came to that conclusion after buying a bunch of her records for my daughter and listening with her to them on my system. She can write a helluva pop song. My kid opened my ears.     
Turntable Isolation
Reach out to Norm Varney @ AV Roomservice. His EVPs are reasonable and well regarded. I use them under my subs and they are very, very effective. They’ll work under components as well. At least check them out.  
power cord for pass 250.8
Yes, you should definitely explore a better cable. You don’t have to rush and do it. It might be worthwhile just to listen with the stock cable and get familiar with the sound, etc. At some point, I recommend moving on. I have the XA60.5 mono blo... 
Best Neil Young Vinyl Recordings
Neil’s output is consistently good-to-great from a sound stand point. He’s long been committed to capturing the best sound possible and it shows. So, it’s hard to go wrong whether you get originals, remasters, or new ones. I’ll throw out a few: E... 
Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K
$15K is a good budget to work with. Are you open to considering a distributed bass array? Regardless of which speakers you settle on (and I do look forward to learning your choice) a DBA will take you places you’ve never been with your system/so... 
Power Cable Audioquest Dragon vs Isotek EVO3 Ascension
@chauncey  FWIW: I did a cable shoot out with the AQ Firebird HC, Shunyata Sigma V2 NR, Synergistic Euphoria HC L3…, and RSX Beyond PC. I know the Dragon sits above the Firebird and it has a lot of fans. But it was beyond my price range. So, take... 
Volume levels
@bigtwin  I agree for the most part. Listening at the right level is definitely the best approach. As my system has improved, my ability to hit that level and not be fatigued at all has been one of the greatest achievements I’ve had in this hobby... 
Akiko Audio
@antigrunge2  Thank you for your shout out. I’ve been considering the Akiko Corelli for some time, pending funds. In that time, I’ve also been wondering about the Less Loss BlackGround 10x Power Base. They seem to be similar but at different pric...