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Your Ultimate Phono Preamp: Which One Would You Choose?
My two cents worth goes to the Parasound JC 3.  Have had mine for several years and it’s a great piece of gear.  
REL S510 or S812
I've had a pair of REL S510 for two years that I use for both my HT set up and my 2-channel system. I'm a huge fan of REL -- I like that you're able to have HT and 2-channel connected at the same time each with their own adjustment. With my system... 
The Beatles 'Love' album by George Martin
The re-arranged music — along with the show — is so good, I’ve seen it 5 times! I too am not a huge Cirque fan but the interpretation of the wonderful Beatles music is great. The bad news — the show is ending its Las Vegas run on July 7th due to t... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
You got a lot of good suggestions here — Revel F228be, Monitor Audio Gold, ProAc K series — all are great loudspeakers. I just came back from a weekend of listening to my buddies new Sonus Faber Sonetto VIII. They’re very nice speakers; you can’t... 
My Final System Build in Words & Pictures
Absolutely stunning — you can be very proud. I’m sure it sounds as good as it looks! Congratulations.   
Thanks to Juan of @blisshifi for Greatly Improving My Listening Pleasure
A couple of years ago, I went to Apoxna with the goal of finding a new set of speakers that “ticked all the boxes” — a floor standing speaker; a neutral, natural sound; very revealing (likely having a ribbon tweeter), good bass;  a big soundstage;... 
Parasound Halo JC 1+
Fair question — the JC 1+ has more power and more Class A power (up to 25 watts). Overall, the JC 1+ has a larger sound, more heft, and better dynamics. There are some good reviews (especially Stereophile) that delve into the difference in specs a... 
Parasound Halo JC 1+
  TYPO CORRECTION I currently have Parasound JC 1 monoblock amps that I’ve had for 10 years and have loved every minute with them for all the reasons you commonly read. For my ears, they’re awesome. I’m seriously thinking about trading them i... 
Parasound Halo JC 1+
Thanks, my error — a type. I currently have JC 1 amps, looking at upgrading to JC 1+. Thanks for the note.  
Crackle and hiss on some albums
I would highly recommend sending your records to PerfectVinylForever, a record cleaning service. His is no ordinary ultrasonic cleaning process; it’s a multi-step cleaning done with proprietary equipment that he designed himself. I know, you’re th... 
Crackle and hiss on some albums
I would highly recommend sending your records to PerfectVinylForever, a record cleaning service. His is no ordinary ultrasonic cleaning process; it’s a multi-step cleaning done with proprietary equipment that he designed himself. I know, you’re th... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
I’ll throw in my two cents worth for your consideration. I’ve cycled through three pairs of speakers — B&W bookshelves, Usher MD2, and currently, what I think will be the last speakers I ever purchase — the Scansonic MB6-B. Scansonic is the v... 
Stephen Stills
I too pickup his “new” album, Live at Berkeley — it’s classic Stills from razor sharp guitar licks to his soulful voice. I’ve seen he and “the boys” (C,N,&Y) on several occasions and they rarely disappointed. The last time was a bit hard — th... 
The best speaker cables you’ve had
Anyone found a good speaker cable for Scansonic MB6-B speakers?  
Opinions on speaker upgrade choices
I’ve ordered a pair of Scansonic MB6-B speakers and am now looking for good speaker cables that are a good match. Anyone have any thoughts about this?