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Can a power amp have too much power, risking damage to a speaker?
It’s power that kills drivers High power amps are safe if you can fully control their output - this means know your volume knob’s "levels", and adopt patterns that prevent transient spikes - e.g. power on/off in the right sequence, mute when cu... 
VPI to What
Products & brands that sell a lot (successful) also end up on the used market a lot. It says far more about the nature of this hobby and its fickle hobbyists (that’s us), rather than being a damning statement about the product’s performance. ... 
Coil vs. Cart impedance
Impedance and resistance mean the same thing in this context (but often not in others). Yes, your Clearaudio is on the high side for an MC. You’d typically want to load it starting at 500 ohms and above.  
NAD M22 V1 versus M22 V2 or M23
@jared_adams Didn't take a chance on the M23. Ended up going in a TOTALLY different direction, buying my dealer's old demo VAC Statement 450S (predating the iQ feature) tube amp. Put KT120 in place of the stock KT88  (huge change in sound here), ... 
Who still does mods for CD players
Dan Wright (Modwright) is the only one I’d trust to do any kind of mods, by far. I have a good friend with some of the Kern mods on an SCD-1. No thanks, not for me. In the last several years, and particularly with the passing of Oppo, Dan’s moddi... 
SUT With a Manley Steelhead RC?
I think it’s well known Koetsu never wound their own SUT’s, but sourced them from a Japanese maker - the question is "who"? Haven’t seen an answer on that, yet. The new metal-box SUT shows some additional components inside there too (resistors) al... 
Improving a stone rack
I share experiences with others, whereby adding granite slabs under components or (especially here!) speakers has had a significantly deleterious effect on sound quality. Harsh, bright, brittle sound. Just awful.  Of course there are also known q... 
SUT With a Manley Steelhead RC?
When I look at SUTs / cartridge pairings, I first consider "are SUT’s good for this cartridge?". For that, you look at the ratio of a cartridge’s output voltage over its coil ohms. This is proportional to how much current the cartridge can supply ... 
Graham Phantom B44 on a TD124 or a SOTA Sapphire?
I'm not sure I've seen the Phantom on a SOTA - are you sure it fits with clearance on all sides? The magnetic outrigging might make for a tight fit. I got my SOTA Star years ago with a Fidelity Research FR64fx (vintage Japanese arm), and to me th... 
Brigid Monos or Mono Blocks?
So am I interpreting your response correctly in that it would be better to use mono blocks rather than bridge two Stereo amps? SimAudio has a unusual way of Bridging the 330A Stereo amp. They sell a XLR Y-daptor cable that on one end is two XLR c... 
Brigid Monos or Mono Blocks?
When I’ve tried stereo/mono bridge-able Solid State, the bridging brings a lot more power - up to 4x power, if the amp truly "doubles down" because its PSU / output stage / heat sinks can handle the strain. But more often you’ll actually see a ~ 3... 
Anybody Using a Portable Audio Player (DAP) As a Streamer?
I've been playing with an iBasso DX220 MAX in that capacity. The "problem" is its balanced line-out sounds so good, there may be no rational use of its digital (coax) out. Fed right from line-out into a very nice VAC Master preamp and Statement 45... 
New video OCD Mikey nat amplifier
Always wondered how the existence of four or eight Power tubes on an amplifier impact the sound in light of all the travelling in and out of every single tube that occurs. In this case you’ve got one big tube and I wonder does this benefit the s... 
VPI Prime Sig/Lyra Delos / Feedback ...help!
When I was having footfall issues in my office setup, the ISO Acoustics pucks didn’t do jack to help. A maple butcher block was also completely ineffective. The shockwave of heavy footsteps on bouncy floor induces a (relatively) huge displacement ... 
Anybody else get a NAD M66 yet?
@jimmy2615 Thanks for your impressions - and that’s a bit of a bummer. I was a little interested in M66 as a pure 2ch analog preamp, but that’s not gonna cut it at almost $6K. With the analogous "older" pairing, M22 V2 and M12, I also found the ...