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audioguy85

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Records and CDs
I'm the exact opposite...records are the main event, digital is for my convenience. The process and interaction with the media (records) is part and parcel of what makes the whole experience enjoyable. Cd or digital cannot compare to the way old r... 
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
Why not Naim? That's what they are famous for.   
Need Guidance for Next/Last Pair of Speakers
I’d go for the Tannoy Legacy Eaton large stand mount speakers. Dynamic, super wide sound stage, relatively efficient. And sound good no matter what music. Excellent speakers for low volume listening. 6k for the pair...they love tubes and class A...  
Best power cord for Audioquest Niagara 1200
AQ Z3 to my 1200, the thunder from 1200 to amp. Imo there will be a more audible difference done this way, rather than the opposite. The thunder, being high current capable, is plugged into one of the 2 high current receptacles available on the 12... 
Power cable Advice...
Audioquest thunder is a very good cable.  
vibration control - cd player
I too use the vibrapods with cones on my cyrus cdt. Economical solution to vibration/Isolation, if in fact a problem even existed.  
Turntable Cartridge upgrade question.
Why not put the ortofon 2m black lvb 250 stylus on your black? According to Fremer, it performs like a moving coil. A worthwhile upgrade. As others have asked, why would you cheap out on the phono stage? You should be spending at least a grand on ... 
on the cheap
Grace digital link... https://gracedigital.com/products/grace-link On sale at Amazon for $169. I love mine...has a screen to show the cover art and what is playing, also natively streams pandora, which most do not. It’s built in. Otherwise, to... 
Solid State Low powered Amplifiers
What is the concern of running a class A Amp in summer? I fail to understand. I've had mine for 5 years, I have central air, I do not see or feel a difference. See meaning significant added cost to cool. It is a miniscule amount of heat when compa... 
Ways to make your digital streaming sound better
Use an optical cable made by the Chord company, on of all things, a Sony mini disc player/recorder. Played a mini disc of west side Story (original sound track), as well as a miles Davis kind of blue mini disc....I’m blown away at how good it soun... 
Bananas rule, spades drool. End of discussion.
If you biwire with two separate identical cables, which is the recommendation,  and you only have one pair of speaker outputs on your amp, well then you have no choice but to use spades on one of the pairs (amp end).   
Measurements for a dedicated line
I have a dedicated line and hear no such noise or interference from other circuits, motors etc  it also was not expensive or that difficult. I also did not go nuts, no need to. Simple 12 awg romex 50ft, 20 amp breaker, AQ nrg Edison receptacle. So... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
Must be nice to be able to afford to spend 25k on a speaker.   
How does bi-wiring work?
The audioquest web page has an excellent tutorial on bi wiring. I use two separate pairs of type 4 to good effect.  
Transport Recommendations
Cyrus makes a good one, the Cyrus cdt. I’m loving mine, especially the deal I got on it from the music room. It takes up far less room than some of the others, which was important to me, as my allocated living room real estate Is limited by the wi...