nagel

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Upgrade Denafrips Terminator 2
I had VBS but upgraded to VBL linear when the VBS failed a couple years ago. The price and Bel Canto’s service were great, and I liked the VBL sound better overall. Still the VBS had amazingly clean and dynamic treble, and that's one area where I'... 
Upgrade Denafrips Terminator 2
Re Music, I’m enjoying Roon and its discovery, and it finally sounds better than jriver now that I’ve added a Roon Nucleus One server to my Aries G2.1 streamer. Do get a dedicated server. Both were good upgrades, and I agree with others than focus... 
Vibration Control
Isn’t this as simple as "the piezoelectric effect works in both directions"? If you pump enough wattage through a dummy load (large resisters), they will play music at a very low volume. That effect is small, but multiply it by all the components ... 
Audioquest or Nordost for speaker cable
I believe that "AQ is made in China" was debunked on another thread, here or elsewhere. Maybe just their cheapest cables are. I read there's a new v3 version of some nordost cables out that you might want to look at. Keeping your ICs and speaker w... 
I see the issue with ABX blind testing
2nd subs are a great idea for any large room, but make sure you play sound through those cables while they settle or burn in 24/7. Most high quality cables will change quite a bit over 5 days, and it's so tempting to skip this step and completely ... 
Help with XLR ICs.
I didn't read the whole thread, but I'll be putting my AQ Thunderbird 0.75M XLRs up for sale in a few weeks. Watch for those, strong bass, excellent sound, same family, just didn't work out in my system.  
power cord for pass 250.8
+1 jpan. The Hurricane HC will damp your treble, I traded mine. SR Galileo SX might suit you better, has just a trace of that silver sound but still has a full sounding bass, and the SR cables come with tuning bullets that can be useful. I haven't... 
Effect of Internet Service Quality on Streaming?
I once had a modest system that would pick up noise and talking whenever a local radio operator was active and even do so at lower volume when the system was off! You might ask your neighbors about HAM radios or look for towers, and try some shiel... 
Let the best be your guide
audphile1  "And by the way…everything will color the sound - components, cables, room. Don’t chase neutrality - it doesn’t exist." I have to disagree. Twice, I’ve let my system drift towards being too bright, and then you have too man... 
Dedicated 20 amp circuit. 10/2 or 10/3?
As my system has improved, I was forced to recognize that my dedicated 10/3 runs sounded worse than a shared, daisy chained 12/3 run. My advice to all, do it right the first time and buy something like Hidden Treasure or at least get cryo'ed romex... 
DAC upgrade
I’m happy with my Aries G2.1, and have grown to love MQA from Tidal. The Aries will do a partial unfold. It’s more fuzzy, but there’s something so right about the mids. I second recommendations to improve all aspects of the digital chain. It will ... 
My New Year’s Wish for my fellow audiophiles.
Best wishes everyone, let's stay in touch our inner child, in a good way:    
Streamer Comparison and Suggestions
I upgraded from using my mac mini 2020 i7 as all components of roon to using it to control an Aries G2.1. The difference in SQ was substantial, but don't forget the importance of cables, especially power. It is a little twitchy. I was swapping cab... 
? about Smoking Power Amp
I repaired stereos for 4 years in college and I can tell you that blown amps do take out speakers. I'd give you 3.14% odds depending on how good the protection circuitry is, how it fails and how robust your speakers are. It could also cause a real... 
Why whole house surge protectors are not enough
Caelin Gabriel and Shunyata make suppressors for medical gear so I think they're a lot more knowledgeable than most people here. I spoke with Tim from Transient Protection Design who said that their whole home unit has MOVs that turn on at 150v. I...