Responses from buddyboy1

Best budget turntable?
No Brainer....I have a mid fi system and Love my U-TURN turntable with the ORTOFON BLUE cart. $500 and absolute sweetness come thru my Klipsch....JBL and Tekton speakers. Very Life- Like!  Do not get the RED cart....go with the BLUE....Much smooth... 
Scams on Audiogon (McIntosh Amps)
There are "knockoffs" of McIntosh gear made in China...They look Exactly like genuine Mac gear. On Mac's website they name the dealers that are NOT authorized Mac dealers. Always check there before any Mac purchase.  
CDs And Green Markers. Please Don’t Laugh.
@tweak1....true....I just take a soft dry cloth and wipe the surface of every cd before I play it. Works perfect. I'll try the New Dark Matter but the difference using the AA is not a subtle one. It's pretty dramatic.  
CDs And Green Markers. Please Don’t Laugh.
The way it was explained to me and it makes a lot of sense is.....the laser hits the disc and then comes back  to the reader....since discs are mass produced, they are not entirely a smooth surface...they are pitted thus causing the laser going ba... 
CD transports; do they really matter
CEC TL5 Belt driven top loader with Denefrips Ares 2 DAC...Wonderful. Turntables isolate motor noise by using a belt drive. CEC gets it!  
CDs And Green Markers. Please Don’t Laugh.
Take any cd and play 20 seconds of the first track....then squirt a few drops of Armour All and wipe clean...The surface will be "smoother"....now play that same 20 seconds and the improvement is startling. Better readability of the laser dramatic... 
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
Speaking of blanket statements............haha  
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
He could have made a fortune if he would have stuck with Denafrips.....I'd like to hear Alvin Lee's side of the story....a more than highly respected member of the audio hi-fi community if you have ever dealt with him.  
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
@itsjustme..You say.."Blanket statements miss more relevant points" and follow it up with "Some of their newer designs are inferior".....a blanket statement.  
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
I think the real problem here is that Mikey is losing income every month because he's a Jeff Roland dealer and Not a McIntosh dealer. The beautiful and lush MAC 352 @$6500 US is a sweet spot in the MAC line.....Much more attractive and better over... 
Best Bang for the Buck Upgrade
There are "Purists" and there are people who just have fun and enjoy the "Music" and not the "electronics....The Schiit Loki mini and Lokius can tailor, for a few hundred bucks, your system to make every album sound great no matter the quality of ... 
CD transport vs.streaming
why are the best sounding turntables belt drive and all cd players and transports direct drive....oh wait...I just purchased a belt drive cd transport. Slide the glass door back and it looks like a mini turntable. You see the belt itself....The so... 
Totally overwhelmed (speakers under $5k)
My room is similar to yours in size....I have 10 pair of speakers and have learned ONE important fact. The smaller that the actual speaker is...the smaller it sounds. Bookshelf s just don't make it in a good sized rooms like ours.....Most of my li... 
AKM makes the best DACs
If there was a "best" dac....or a "best" speaker...or a "best" amplifier......what a boring hobby this would be. The word BEST should never be used in Hi-Fi discussions. :>)  
Differences the Project RS2 Transport and the (newest) Jay's Audio CD2 Mk 3
The Denafrips AVATAR is no longer available according to Alvin .