Responses from pkatsuleas

if you had this system, what would you do to make it sound the best you can
A Mac bot?  lol  
Are You a Swifty?
+1 @tylermunns  Wtf was that vitriol filled rant about?  Somebody didn't get their pirate booty today.  So sad  
Stuff You Tried To Love
Vanderstenn 2ce I had them for about six months and tried everything. Different gear, all kinds of different placements, etc. They just did not sound right to me. Really wanted to keep them but in the end they had to go. Their new owner is enjoyi... 
Preamp - what's the purpose?
@viridian  Now that was funny!  
Is tube sound vs solid state easier to distinguish using headphones?
@tubelvr11  Not sure about headphones because I've never had the occasion to listen to my cans with tube gear. But I can instantly tell the difference between my SS and tube amps. Even with my very modest set up. In fact, I was just about to star... 
Crackle and hiss on some albums
@tsbarro  Congrats on the upgrade!  I moved up to a Planar six (w/exact 2 cart) from an old Dual 1219 a couple of years ago and it was well worth it.  Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of variability in quality from album to album. Many new al... 
Finally upgrading my amp
I'll second a used Hegel integrated.  The highest up the chain you can afford.  Hard to beat IMO. But, I am biased, I own the H360.  If you can up your budget just a little....... 
Lifting the Christmas veil
Wow, that's awesome!  I wish the wifey would surprise me with a nice piece of gear.  But then she would know how much this hobby costs and I would be sleeping in the dog house! 😂😂😂 Congrats, and happy holidays!  
Musical subwoofer under $2000
@sparksgja  Look used for better value.  There is an ad here on Agon for a pair of S/510 for $2,700.00 (located in Chicago).  I know, above your stated budget but maybe you could up the budget a little bit and make an offer.  Then you get two of ... 
Opinions about Daniel Hertz
Should I assume you watched the video from Adrian at Audio Excellence Canada?  I've always considered ML stuff quite expensive but what do I know.  Many folks swear by it.  I've considered a few used items in the past but eventually to rich for my... 
Do you adjust your subwoofer
I have a separate set-up for movies with a cheap sub that works just fine.  I never touch it.   But, I am an occasional tweaker of my REL t9/x sub in the main system.  First, it depends on what speakers I am using at the moment.  If the Snell Typ... 
Tubes for Rogue Audio Perseus Magnum Preamplifier
@topten  I know this is a very old thread but I am in the same boat right now and wondering what you came up with.  Thanks  
What do/did you do for a living?
@ozzy  Thanks for the kind words!    
How easily can you distinguish between different DACs?
@audiodwebe  Like you, I have not heard many dacs. Started with a Jolida glass dac and it really didn't sound any better than my MacBook. Bought a Bluesound and started streaming with that. Heard a slight improvement to my ears. Then on to a Dena... 
What do/did you do for a living?
Fun and interesting thread! I’m a plant guy for the last 30 years. Grower, garden center manager, now landscape designer/sales for the last 16 yrs. I’m 57 and was hoping to retire at my current position but landscaping is a crap show these days w...