Responses from zoya

Real or Surreal. Do you throw accuracy out the window for "better" sound?
Did you consider that maybe your friend can't hear higher frequencies as well as you do and over-compensating because of it.  
Preamp for Mcintosh MC2500
George, there is a big difference increasing the volume using preamp's volume control or doing the same using amp's gain control. When you adjust the volume using preamp you increase the signal level without changing the noise floor. So you are al... 
If you won the power ball tomorrow night would you
with this money who needs a stereo -  anytime I want to here music I would fly to a live concert or invite a band/orchestra/singer to perform for me at my house. 
Supporting Amp/Preamp for Klipsch KLF 20's ?
Robert, if I'm nor mistaken those are 100dB speakers. it means you don't need a lot of power to drive them loud even though you have a very large room. If you like "clean, crisp sounding music" you should try a tube amp with your speakers.  
Tubes Versus Solid-State Audio Amps—The Last Word
If the final conclusion of the article is true there would be no difference in sound due to tube rolling.Therefore, my conclusion to these articles is - if you can't dazzle them with the wisdom puzzle them with b...s... 
What determines good distortion?
Jmcgrogan2 is correct about odd and even order harmonic distortions. The best explanation I've read to explain the difference is this:imagine you are listenning a sollo singer - this is your base sound. Now imagine you are listenning to a chorus -... 
tube amp not turning on
maybe rectifier tube. 
Speaker Cable for SET amplfiier - 1000$
Scrubidubi, I have SET amplifier based on 300B tubes with high efficiency horn loaded speakers. I have achieved great sound from my set up using 12/36 (12 strands of 36 AWG) cotton wrapped LITZ wire. My total cost was less than $300 (plus one day ... 
Biggest impact on you?
Switchung to low power 300B SET and than replacing stock tubes with "Svetlanas" and stock rectifier with Mullard tube did for me. 
Parallel Capacitors-Theoretical Question
"The rolloff of the filter will be the same but you will also filter out high order harmonics that will pass through higher value capacitors."What? They are in parallel...__________________________Sorry, I meant to say - high order harmonics that ... 
Parallel Capacitors-Theoretical Question
Theoretical answer to the theoretical qustion is 2 + 2 = 3 + 1 = 3.5 + 0.5 = 4.But in physical situation 12 uf + 1 uf will give an added benefit of a small value capacitor added in parallel to the larger value capacitor because small value capacit... 
220 in, 110 out
something like this?http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=120-825 
So, what DON'T you spend money on?
No cable TVNo car repair bills - I borrow my kids used car when I need it, but I pay for the car insurance.No Blue-rayNo moviesNo expensive clothes or furnitureNo gold or diamond jewelryBut I do spend money on:Audiogood food, wine and cigarstravels 
Background video - listen/watch different sources
I would connect HDMI from cable directly to TV, than audio output from TV to one of the AUX inputs on your preamp/receiver if it doesn't have a dedicated TV audio input. Mute the TV internal speakers and select audio source with your preamp/receiver. 
Audiolab, Rowland integrated - nothing in between?
Inna,What kind of mucis are listening?Have you considered tubes?Or how about used Mc separates? For about $1500 - $2000 you can get a nice combination of used pre and power amp.