Responses from _rossbower

Has anyone had a laser replaced in a Audio Research CD-3 MKII
I’m in the same spot on a CDT-1. Original behavior was skips and errors reading disk. Replaced with eBay laser, player always says “no disk”. Replaced they with official ARC laser, same issue! I feel like there must be some sort of ESD solder blob... 
Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum - Worth spending $700+ for Mk.III version?
@goldprintaudio Is the phono stage better overall, or is it primarily the added features of MC support? I have a medium-output MC cartridge, which can run into an MM stage or an MC stage, and can be loaded anywhere from 47k to 200, so I feel like ... 
Audio Research SP-8 vs LS-7 + PH-5
No, I don’t need MC support. It’s a “nice to have”, nothing more.  
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
@shakira LS-26 MkII is currently unavailable used.  
Schiit Freya+ with Mcintosh mc452 ?
I have one. Good unit. Pretty neutral. You can probably find a decent Mac pre for around the same price, might be a better option. Or, you can buy my Freya! I’ll do you a good deal. I’m upgrading to some ARC gear.  
All ARC vs All Pass Labs vs All CJ system compare
@ghdprentice Your post was extremely helpful. I’ve been debating between many of these brands, and you laid it all out clearly.  
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
I have heard that Vandersteen's like no negative feedback. I was considering Rogue Audio for a time in part because I believe they are very conservative with negative feedback.  
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
Oh, also, I’m capable of replacing capacitors, resistors, plugs, etc myself, so I’m not worried about reliability issues. If a unit needs work, I can do that.  
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
I’m actually coming from a Schiit Freya+, with a Pangea Signature cord. I have Sylvania chrome sides from the mid 50’s snd RCA milspec from 1948. I’m upgrading to ARC because I’m driving Vandersteen Quatro speakers, and ARC is one of a couple bra... 
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
Would a REF 3 be twice as good as an SP-8? Or 50% better than an SP-10? I only push back because that is pushing the top of my budget, and I only want to go that high if it really is truly worth it.  
Help me choose an Audio Research preamp/line stage (Please?)
I don't need phono particularly. Only the LS-5 and LS-16 are unavailable right now.  
what's the point?
It's all for "fun factory" really. In the past year I've switched between a $1,500 Primare Class-D integrated, a Kenwood solid state integrated from the 70's, a $300 Kenwood power amp producing 150 wpc from the 80's, and a pair of $1,750 Cary Audi... 
Best replacements for KT99A tubes?
@decooney Awesome, thank you! I have seen some people recommend the KT-90 or even KT-120 for this amp. I'd feel more comfortable using something written down in the owners manual, but I don't know enough to really compare these options. Do you hav... 
Best replacements for KT99A tubes?
@clearthink Damn! Could you be any more clear? :P Thank's for the input. Can you elaborate on *why* you have such strong feelings? I haven't seen anyone as decisive as you be anti-6550.@decooney This is for a pair of SLM-100's. You remind me I nee...