chayro

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Myrtle wood under TT
I know you're low on cash, but my advice is to get a wall shelf if possible. They're about $150 new and the difference in isolation is huge. My dog jumps down off the couch and the record doesn't skip. You're going to tear your hair out and spend ... 
Can we go back to 33's please?
Birdies - I changed from the Armageddon to the Lingo2, as there was just too much good music coming out on 45. That Linn adaptor is impossible. 
Linn Sondek Hype
I assume your floors are very solid, or you would be complaining about footfall problems. If you can live with the cosmetics of the thing, I highly recommend the Target wall shelf, at about $150 or so. Really isolates the Linn and lets you experim... 
CD player NOT made in China under $1,000?
Trelja - Is the high failure rate in the field, or is it on products that are shipped to you? In other words, you get a CD player from the company, take it out of the box and run it for two days without incident. If it gets that far, is it likely ... 
Upgrade for better redbook performance
Without getting into the minutae of your system, the SC has pretty good Redbook and you may just be hearing the limitations of the CD format. Before spending thousands, I think you should take your SC to a dealer and do an A/B against a potential ... 
Do I need a special DAC for SACD ?
I cannot imagine any reasonably priced SACD player in any way approaching what you are hearing out of redbook CDs on the MBL combo you have. If you just want to fool around with SACDs to see what it's all about, I suggest a used Sony XA-9000ES SAC... 
First SACD to Listen To?
Ncarv - I bought that recording on CD a few years back. I didn't know it was available on SACD. It is a great recording, even on CD. As to the first disc? I recommend Chesky's World's Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings. Very simple, pristine sou... 
Need recommendation for new CD/SACD player
Pick up a Sony 9100ES DVD player for SACD. You can find them in mint condition for $500 or less. The SACD is very good, but the CD is not the greatest. Then, pick up a decent dac for $750 or so - maybe a Bel Canto Dac2, or one of the Pacific Valve... 
Most enveloping sounding CDP
I envy your room. Beautiful. Obviously, money is not that much of an issue with you. Try the Doge6 from Pacific Valve. It has a big, lush expansive sound, but it preserves the details extremely well. It's a fantastic player. 
Review: VIVA Solista LT Tube amp
I think the appearance may be a big sticking point for some. When I first saw the original Solista a few years back, I thought it was absurdly huge. The LT is considerably smaller and fits more comfortably into the domestic environment, I think. I... 
DVD player recommendation under $1K
I would go with a 2nd hand Sony DV 9100. Probably about $500, solid construction, very good SACD sound, not bad CD sound either. 
CDP Isolation?
This may sound silly, but the valid points on the lead discs puts the player like 6" into the air. It looks horrible, IMO. I know this doesn't bother some people, but I think audio should look nice too. I have never had consistent results using an... 
Which is the best CD-Player up to $ 10k ?
If you listen to a lot of classical, I suggest you might look into SACD. There are tons of SACDs available on Acoustic Sounds and Music Direct. With the right player, SACD can really be an eye opener, IMO. The problem is, SACD players often don't ... 
fritz loudspeakers
When I bought my first set amplifier (Viva Solista LT) I immediately thought of trying one of those "single-driver" speakers, just to see what it was all about. I happened to see Fritz's stuff on A'gon and I really liked the simplicity of the desi... 
Power Conditioning, Torus, Audience or David Gray?
I haven't tried all the brands you list, but I can tell you that the AR1p dramatically improved my system in terms of noise floor, separation and overall clarity. I'm using one at the end of a Wiremold strip. I've tried 2 PS strips in the past and...