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So, a reviewer just said something I need to talk about.
This is a great question. For me the brilliance of the musician is why I listen- His music, execution, cleverness of the delivery- all these are the "hooks" that pull me in. Music has the unique power to elicit emotion without thought. Another c... 
A Better Way to Buy Gear - Help Needed
Discernment is a gift many lack.  For me I like to have a nice long conversation with a seller before I buy. I can pick up on BS pretty quickly if we converse.  If they pass the conversation test and the questions therein I'm OK with PP friends a... 
Audio Research versus McIntosh tube amps: anyone experience or compare both?
Because the 3 little bones in your ear (ossicles) are different in every human what you hear is unique to you and as such you must have an in-home test of both amps to get your ears happy. That being said, (I'm biased) the ARC Ref 75SE is a fanta... 
Help me understand the current amp market
That's a pretty broad and tough question. Here's just one man's opinion: Because every human ear is different- the bones in them that vibrate, the size of the chamber, the thickness of skin and bones around the ear- etc. etc. your listening exper... 
Audio Research Reference 320M is being debuted in Meunchen
I'm not privy to the innerworkings at ARC but I know a few guys that work there and 1 who used to work there. Take this as both hear-say and my own opinion which is subjective at best.  I believe ARC wants the 330M to be the springboard to a much... 
Still the demons of GAS pursue me
In the 70s I had a Soundcrafstman preamp/eq. PE 2217 I recall the "edge wound" wring was a sales tool. The quality was good and I loved messing around with the curve. Back then I had no critical listening skills and my Bob Seger Live Bullet and Te... 
Anyone listen to entire albums?
There are a precious few albums that are worth listening to all the way through. One enduring classic for me is The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. I really love concept albums. Contrawise,  I hate the "throw in" songs ... 
Should Speaker Manufactures provide a Frequency Response Graph?
I have never been able to discern the voicing of a speaker from performance specs.   Heck, even the humidity levels in my room change the sound. Let alone all the other variables.  I have concluded that performance specs are for bench racing.   
Thin Line Between Critique and Courtrooms: A Dialogue on the Recent Audiophile Drama
"- Where do we draw the line between constructive criticism and damaging feedback?" The line should be at "Lied" If the manufacturer or the reviewer lied with intention to cause damage then there should be recourse. Otherwise not.  "- Is the cour... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
Sonus Faber Sonetto VIIIs are only $7000- you could go up to a Olympica Nova II for 10K. Sonus are "polite" warm speakers and not known for speed or detail. You could go to a Maggie 3.7i for 9K which seems to more closely match your listening pref... 
Streamer only
I've had several including my PC and MAC as a source (my first source). I've tried some ChiFi (Suncos @ $500) and a sound card plugged into my first decent DAC (PS Audio Perfect Wave).  I got talked into a PS Audio AirLens and have been very happy... 
The Music Room
I've tried to sell both ways- here's my conclusion:  TMR is reputable. Used gear wholesale is about 1/4 of retail. They will need to be lower than that if they're tying up their cash and taking risk on someone else's probable problem unit.  Selli... 
Lowend amp
Bryston 7BSSTs  are perfect for low bass control. I use them as my sub amps and love them. 800 watts into 1-4 ohms. Figure 4-5K for the mint ones with lots of warranty left.     
Example of a piece o’ crap, useless review
Soix- agreed. that's why I used "most". There are certainly some exceptions.   
Example of a piece o’ crap, useless review
Most all reviews are now Infomercials.