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Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
@passthedutchie  The audio store near Preston Drive in Dallas, TX. I’ve got the card somewhere.  
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
I've only ever heard these in a showroom.  They were fine, but I don't have any particular strong emotion. Plus, I have B&W800D3s, so I'm not one to pick on the looks of speakers.  I know a lot of people hate their look.  And they do look sus... 
if you had this system, what would you do to make it sound the best you can
I’d start by watching videos on speaker placement  and room treatment. That’s free, and often can make a huge difference. Second, instead of casting about wildly, test your system and see what is going on. There is free room acoustic software ca... 
Breaking news! Jays Audio is moving to Texas and takes interest in McIntosh
@emergingsoul  Where in Texas?  This is a big place. And welcome.  We have no income tax, and never wore masks, but do require firearm ownership   
The molecular level explanation of "cable burn-in"
Another thing to consider is manufacturing impurities. I’ve never had a piece of electronics materials I couldn’t smell when first used and heating up.  Goes away with use.  Or just time.  But usually heat and time. Presumably whatever this is (... 
SEEKING ADVICE: Which component would you upgrade first?
@knotscott ”Speakers often have the most impact on the system” I agree with that.  Followed by (in this order): first stage of music (so turntable), then final stage of amplification, then preamp. OP: Older CD transports (1990s) are actually mu... 
The molecular level explanation of "cable burn-in"
@dougthebiker  “If you can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive cables, your system isn't very resolving or you've got the speakers in the wrong place” Maybe.  Or the set up doesn’t have the interference the fancy cables are solvin... 
The molecular level explanation of "cable burn-in"
I’ll make everyone mad.  The main cable doesn’t effect the product it serves. Instead, a poorly insulated main acts as an antenna and transmits garbage from inside the component it serves under certain circumstances. You can test this with a che... 
Giving Advice without recommending your own equipment
People post what they know. If it makes you feel better, classic car forums are worse.  I’ve been called names for loving certain aftermarket Porsche parts more than OEM, a heretic agaisnt St. Ferdinand   
Handling Heavy Amps
I’m a competitive powerlifter (if you’ve ever been awake watching ESPN ant 2:00 am and watched meat heads carry rocks, you may have seen me) and have struggled putting some components where they belong.  So you’re not unusual.  A lot of the issu... 
Copper vs. Silver tonearm wire
@jasonbourne71  VdH experimented with all sorts of strange insulation.  Wood, ceramic beads, you name it.  I’m not really a “wire guy”, being more on the side of proper gauge, quality insulation, straight runs, and making sure you don’t have a ra... 
Ham Radio Interference from next door neighboor
I know this is an ancient post, but as a former Electronic Countermeasures Officer, there is a top secret device that can solve your issue. i call it a straight pin.  Get a straight pin and push thru the coax leading to the antenna of the offendi... 
Moving into an apartment with wood joist floors - worried about neighbors hearing
@hudsonhawk  I faced your situation before.  There are extremely dense rubber mats (about an inch thick) called "stall mats", each about 3' x 4' that are used in horse trailers -- cost a total of $34 at Tractor Supply (yes, I get that's not going... 
Excellent Solid State or Hybrid Monoblocks Recommendations
@jaymark  For whatever reason, my post was just blocked.  But Kal Rubinson (who is a mensch) used a pair of Bel Canto monoblocks for his review of your speakers and was quite pleased.  So, please google that, since I can't sent you a link. They ... 
Excellent Solid State or Hybrid Monoblocks Recommendations
@jaymark  I read your post quickly and without my glasses, but what speakers are you driving/want to drive?  I think that makes a biggest difference in choice. FWIW, I went with Classe Delta Monos (slightly higher that budget if you bought open ...