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So what ever happened to Kinki Studio???
Ive owned the Kinki EX-M7 for two months now. My initial interest in it is that it had Exicon MOSFETs which Ive known to be stellar for audio. I wasnt so sure about the DC coupled design, but was intrigued. After an initial evaluation period, I e... 
Looking for a new (preowned OK) line stage under $5K: suggestions?
I've went through a few preamps trying to find exactly what you're looking for. "looking to maximize dynamics as well as a touch more midrange bloom and dimensionality" I had a Dennis had Inspire, a BAT, a few more and now an Allnic L3000. They ... 
Audiophiles on Audiogon.
  Stop making stuff up. There are always kooks. I have never met an audiophile with cables costing far more than their equipment. I cannot discount there arent any, but I've never met them so I can safely say, they are few and far between. If yo... 
Pass INT-25 better than Wilsenton R8?
Comparing the prices on both won't be a fair comparison. The R8 is being sold direct from China, while Pass Labs has a dealer network.  Secondly, break-in with Pass Labs is true. My F8 took 3 months to burn-in. After which, it's one of my favorit... 
Neil Young calls out Tidal
Neil’s turned into a whiny B.   
Who are the Stand Up Guy's and Gals in this Audio Industry?
John Devore of Devore Fidelity and Graeme at Audion answers emails personally.  
Who are the Stand Up Guy's and Gals in this Audio Industry?
Chris at Woodsong Audio. 
Who are the Stand Up Guy's and Gals in this Audio Industry?
The two guys at the top of BAT are amazing.Trent Suggs the new owner of Audio Research too. 
Why so many tubes?
There are always different ways to approach a task.If you want simplicity in the signal path, start with high efficiency speakers, dht single end triode integrate amp and a source.more watts require more tubes.  
Aged components / service!?
I buy mostly used gear downstream of my source components. If you are technically inclined, its not a big deal. If you are the type to wig out when a unit isnt perfect, keep it to1-5 years old. For mid-fi to high end, almost all equipment using st... 
Question on Denon DL-103 retipping options and preferences
Ive used both. Contrary to whats been said by another poster; my experience with both with retipping is that they cut the stylus close to the suspension and adhere a new one on. Ive never experience just changing the diamond.Both retipped Dynavect... 
The "Snake Oil" Trope
Add to the list the Gaslight Googans!The self appointed guardians of audio who tell you that you dont hear what you hear, that you cant enjoy what you enjoy, and tell that distortion numbers beyond audibility, is what separates the good from the b... 
The "Snake Oil" Trope
I agree with a lot of your points.Additionally, there are a lot of audio enthusiasts out there who will gaslight others, belying their perceptions and observations, ignoring the fact that audio is perceived. There is also those that ridicule the q... 
100W+ solid-state amps known for beautiful mids
The Pass Labs X150.8 has beautiful mids. I sold an Audio Research VT80SE as it was almost a wash, with SS not needing new tubes every two years. I have pretty flat impedance speakers. I wouldnt match either with anything with wild swings. Theyre n... 
MC cartridges
Music Direct has been great to deal with. I also like buying vinyl from there.