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Tube amps under $7500
+1 @larryi  Unless you are dealing with a long cable run (say 15ft or more), you will spend a lot more money and never hear the benefit of balanced inputs. It's easy to get obsessed with specs, but how the amp is voiced matters WAY MORE than its ... 
Tube amps under $7500
Raven Audio all the way! Their tube amps and selection of NOS tubes are second to none. I wrote a full review on my journey to find the best tube amp here (spoiler alert: Raven Audio blows Prima Luna and McIntosh out of the water).  If your speak... 
Need help with phono cartridge selection
I have a nag mp-200 and I am continually stunned by how amazing it sounds... I've had it for coming up on a year now and it remains outstanding (even more now that it's broken-in).  My plan was always to start with the mp-200 so I could save a li... 
At what price is one considered an Audiophile.
@carlsbad2 has a point here... I have a friend who asked me to spec out an audiophile-grade vinyl system for at/under $1k.... I thought I could do it, but it's really not possible. I've found that I need at least ~$1.6k ($400 for a decent turntabl... 
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
@noromance  I was finally able to get some pics uploaded to my Virtual System (the site was kind of buggy, but I finally got it). Thanks for letting me know!  
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
@akgwhiz  I have JAN Phillips in the first row, Brimars in the second row and GEs in the third. All NOS upgrades directly from Raven Audio. Is there a tube configuration that you like better? Telefunkens worth it?   
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
Nice, thanks for the info @noromance - I’ll be getting pics up later today!  
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
Thanks @noromance - rookie question for you: what is Virtual System? Can you post a link, I’d like to check it out. Thanks!  
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
@noromance  - a few things: 1. I don’t regret going with the Corvus Reference Monitors. In my experience, speakers make the most difference in the system followed the source and then the electronics.  2. I’m not done with the source - not by a l... 
Which Tube amp is most refined, Stereo 40 MKIV Signature or Raven Audio Blackhawk MK3.1?
I just posted my review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Amp (same upgraded components/sound as the Black Hawk). While auditioning amps, I did get to hear both the Osprey and Black Hawk. They are AMAZING. Here is my full review: Raven Audio O... 
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
thanks for the comment @jeffrey125, I ordered a pair of the Raven Audio Soniquil RCAs 2 days ago! I'll report back once I get them set up.  
Review of the Raven Audio Osprey Integrated Tube Amp and Corvus Reference Monitors
Thank Jerry. Funny you should mention SETs... The Decware ZP3 is on my short list for phono stages. I figure this could give me the best of both worlds; do you have any experience with SETs?  
Tube Rollers! Which has more impact to your sound- Rectifier or Power (and why)?
My experience with vintage gear is that a bad/cheap rectifier tube can cause problems/bad sound, but a good one just makes the system work correctly (i.e. it doesn't enhance the sound quality). Power tubes, on the other hand, will have a significa...