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My new review for The Absolute Sound comparing AGD GAN amps with BHK300’s
On so many threads here, some audio hooligan shows up, bristling with self-appointed importance & "expertise," and proceeds to drag the thread into snark and recrimination. Always a bummer to encounter this stuff....  
Buying Used Speakers
I have repeatedly purchased used speakers in my life. The biggest was the first: a pair of Vandersteen’s then-TOTL, the Model 4. I bought them from a west coast seller via an intermediary firm that handled the money (kind of a broker, ensuring the... 
Could Class D really be that good?
My nearfield desktop audio system is very crowded and had no space for an A/B or A amp of any kind when I switched to passive monitors ~6 years ago. Thus I was pushed into the alien (to me) world of class D amps. I did a ton of research, looking i... 
Some thoughts on ASR and the reviews
ASR is a waste of time for me. Everytime I click on an ASR link I end up regretting it. Then to have their cult leader show up here ... let's just say that anyone who posts 7X in a row needs medication. How do I know? As a great comedian said, "... 
Example of a piece o’ crap, useless review
I subscribed to TAS, STEREOPHILE, and any other audio mags I could get starting >40 years ago. And of course, I've read a ton of 1/2-baked reviews in that time. Rather than trash this or that reviewer, I'd rather talk about one who is far abov... 
New Class D amplifiers
One of the two amps I’m about to mention is hardly new. But I thought my experience might be of interest to to those whose primary interest in class D is musical realism & ear-friendly tonality, not just accuracy and detail. I have a rather c... 
Dog pissed on speaker
I have no suggestions but just want to express my gratitude for the resonant thread title.  
Paypal drastic changes
This entire thing annoys me to no end. I researched it pretty thoroughly, and it looks like I'll never pay tax unless I profit on the sale, which I never ever do. So there's that. My return is already complicated. But this won't complicate it fur... 
Stuff You Tried To Love
(uhmm, I think it's "Bach Partitas") To get back to the regret-drenched topic of this thread: some years ago I went through a long period of researching passive volume controllers. I had been using a very nice sounding, transformer based PVC from... 
Best Covers
 Two great covers from different eras: This is a Julliard-trained operatic coloratura soprano who sings terrific R&B (there aren't many like her). Morgan James covering "Lay Down Sally"   And New Orleans finest crooner, "The Tan Canary"... 
Do You Buy Speakers Without Hearing Them?
I started buying speakers (all kinds and sizes) in the early '80s. Probably a dozen to a dozen and a half pairs since then, all but one or two used. I'm pretty sure I heard only one of those speakers very briefly before buying (in a noisy showroom... 
He spent his life building a $1 million stereo. The real cost was unfathomable.
This is one of the sadder things I've read in awhile. While this man's "problem" is perhaps the pennultimate example of a "first world problem," his personal and family pathology, his failure to love and nurture due to his obsession, and his will... 
DAC upgrade
(addressing the OP) It’s really up to you to specify your sonic preferences. In this thread you have solid recommendations for divergent types of DACs: Those that are highly resolving, "accurate," and detailed above all else (ie, Weiss; Chord; ... 
Floor to Bookshelf
Easy recommendation: ATC sealed/acoustic suspension 2-ways. You could get the SCM12 Pros new for <$2K; or the SCM19 or SCM20 passives on a used basis. I own the SCM12 Pros. The sound is mindblowingly good: assertive, detailed, dynamic beyond b... 
What to ask when buying used speakers?
@grislybutter laid out a number of the well-known precautionary steps, all of which I agree with. I’ve purchased 4 or 5 pairs of 2-way monitors/speakers and had very good luck. I followed those precautionary steps, plus one other that needs to be...