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Thinking about buying Zu Definitions, need advice
Buying used is nice, but it's nicer to get something that really works in your room instead of going through years of hit and miss and ultimately spending more on several used speakers. Perhaps you should bite the bullet and go for a home demo fro... 
CD players - Luxman vs. Esoteric?
"find a dealer who will let you live with each for least two weeks. Borrow the floor demo's, all burned in"Well, that certainly sounds simple enough. Where would one find such a dealer? I'd like to set up a couple of 2-week home demos myself. 
Two tube amps for your consideration please
I think the BADA 222 is amazingly good for the money. Will fit your budget too. (Just). I bought one to replace a $4000 amplifier while it was being repaired and frankly, I like the BADA more. And it does have tubes if that matters. http://www.pac... 
Best SACD Player in the $2000 Range
The Sony XA5400 is probably the best player in its price range ($1500). It can be gotten cheaper, but I don't know what the deal is if the thing tanks. In any case, I wouldn't expect miracles out of every SACD. Some, like Yo Yo MA Solo (Sony) are ... 
How do you steam clean vinyl LP's?
As the sole member of the "spend more time cleaning than listening to music" backlash, I advise you to purchase your VPI, do a thourough cleaning as recommended by VPI and you'll be listening to the record in approximately 2 minutes. Contrast this... 
Entry level turntable
I think you're very prudent in realizing you should utilize the services of a local dealer, especially when entering the analog world. When starting out with analog, you will invariably have a ton of questions about setup, record care, various noi... 
Who asked for this?
MoFi - they may well sound excellent, but do you really think it's because they used 4 single-sided discs as opposed to using 2 double-sided? Or one 33.3 disc made with equal care and expense? 
Who asked for this?
No, I haven't heard them and I doubt I will. I have several of the new 45 rpm reissues and some are very good. However, I have numerous 33.3s that I think are equal in quality without the extra fussing. Even assuming that someone thinks 45s are be... 
Record Cleaning Backlash
Whether static has a "sound" is really not the issue. I have had highly-charged vinyl on dry days and playing the record caused huge static-discharge "pops". If I touched the arm base while the record was playing I would get a shock. I treated the... 
Record Cleaning Backlash
Based on the number of apparently satisfied customers, I don't doubt that steam does a very good job. But I've watched that You Tube video and it looks like a huge PITA and a mess. Apply and brush cleaning fluid, steam, steam again, add water and ... 
Record Cleaning Backlash
There's also the possibility that your capstan (if you have one) is adjusted too low, pressing the record against the lips too hard. This can be adjusted by turning the two small screws behind the capstan, raising it slightly. People rave about Wa... 
Record Cleaning Backlash
When you remove the velvet lips on the NG, you have to make sure you get off all the gummy residue off the plastic underneath the velvet. I use a bit of Goo Gone on a Q-Tip, let it set for a minute and then wipe off any residue with a cloth. After... 
Mod my B C DAC 3, or just get another DAC?
Blindjim - I am not in any way implying that modded products are not good or excellent. They may well be, but in this hobby, we are trying to find gear that satisfies our personal tastes, which may be largely dictated by our room and system, as we... 
Mod my B C DAC 3, or just get another DAC?
I would stay away from mods unless the person doing the work can send you a finished product for demo. Otherwise, there's just no way you know what you're getting. Also, if you are as particular as you seem to be, I would invest the time in taking... 
Opinions on Full-Range/single driver speakers
Listiac - IMO, it may not be as much about the speaker as the system/room it is place in and the taste of the listener. Just today, a friend of mine was selling a certain speaker because they were too bass-heavy and muddy for his room and system. ...