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Help me spend $100,000 on a new system
  Mike skyscraper You are welcome. I wish I would take my own advice or be able to overcome indecision! I would like to do what you are doing. @tomic601 referred to speakers with equalization, and since he (and I) are Vandersteen owners (and he’... 
Help me spend $100,000 on a new system
How can you really do this now, you don’t even have a room and much of what determines what you use will depend on the room and it’s characteristics? GREAT point. Don't forget the use some (more than a little) of the money on building or treati... 
Help me spend $100,000 on a new system
Yours is an enviable situation! 👍 Do you like your Magicos? The speakers are such a key component, and if you like the Magico sound—I heard the A5 at a show, paired with a fine Constellation integrated amp (and Aurender streamer), and the sound w... 
Streamer software, what do you use?
ROON, via Small Green Computer sonictransporter server and a Sonore microRendu (which will get upgraded to an optical Rendu maybe).  Are there streamers with their own OS that sound better than Roon, like the $20k Aurenders and others? Maybe. I am... 
VANDERSTEEN dealer in Tacoma WA has reopened under new ownership
audioconnection John, I really hope to visit you someday. This is what I love about all the Vandersteen dealers I have worked with and know—just very nice, kind, supportive people. Cheers.      
VANDERSTEEN dealer in Tacoma WA has reopened under new ownership
Excellent, northbeach! I really want to buy some Treo CTs from Victor. I wish for him great success.  
VANDERSTEEN dealer in Tacoma WA has reopened under new ownership
@tomic601 - Jim, I know you go way back with them! I volunteered to come down and help him paint the store, but I think he was shy about accepting. I really wish him well—he is such a good and hard-working guy. If I lived closer and was more quali... 
VANDERSTEEN dealer in Tacoma WA has reopened under new ownership
@tomic601 - I spoke to him today, and he sounds pumped. I look forward to a visit.  
"The Ultra High-End Speaker."
Good review of the Salon 2: https://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/608revel/index.html And, they're on sale at a great price via Music Direct! $7500 each  https://www.musicdirect.com/equipment/speakers/revel-salon2-tower-speakers-pair/  
Speakers 10 years old or older that can compete with todays best,
@mijostyn ​​​​​​ Re "There is no such thing as a perfect room."   I’ve followed the evolution of Mike Lavigne’s room for over a dozen years, and I doubt that many people will ever get closer to a perfect room. I’d love to visit it. Hat tip to M... 
Best Full-Function Preamplifier
@vinylshadow ​​​, THANK YOU again. That is good information. Part of my hesitation on the seismic podiums is I’ve been thinking about switching to the next model up in the Vandersteen line, and they have a different shape and footprint dimensions,... 
Best Full-Function Preamplifier
@vinylshadow — Excellent! I look forward to reading about your impressions of the Allegri.  I have also been intrigued by the Townshend seismic isolation platforms for my speakers, but they are too expensive to buy without trying. I wish for a de... 
Best Full-Function Preamplifier
@vinylshadow re:Townshend Allegri Reference Passive Preamp   Do you have experience with that or have you owned it? I am very intrigued by it. I have a good passive line stage that I used for years up until about 6 years ago. I still own it and ... 
Will China become the poor man’s dealer for high end audio?
@soix re "Frankly I’m pretty amazed by companies like Schiit, Rogue and some others who can play in the budget/midFi categories and still manufacture here in the US what with our significantly higher wages, health benefits, and overall costs of ... 
New Pass Labs Go To
From his website (I hadn't seen it before now):   Originally posted April 11, 2023; revised August 10, 2023:   Dear Reno Hi Fi clients and friends:  After more than 25 years in business, Reno Hi Fi will soon be closed, and Mark Sammut will ret...