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Which material is best for a cartridge body?
Psychicanimal, there are as we "speak" at least two used Gliders for sale on this site for $400 or less. I know first hand, how precarious bying a used cartridge can be; however, it is possible to arrange for some sort of guarantee as you test dri... 
How to wire a powerful amp with two speakers to avoid damage
Angela touches upon an interesting point, although the issue, I believe, is not the danger of the amps working really hard at not delivering the current, but rather, the amps not being allowed to work hard enough to be in a confortable, never mind... 
Which material is best for a cartridge body?
Personally, I would be very carefull about making a decision based on the material used for the cartridge body. Sure, the material used affects the sound, everything does; but there are many more things to consider, especially in the $200-$400 ran... 
learning to listen
While it is true, as Megasam suggests, that some people simply have better (more sensitive) hearing than others, I don't believe the issue is hearing acuity as much as it is being the type of person who is open to the particular set of emotional o... 
improving my system, please help
Make no assumptions as to what a tube amp might sound like driving ML's, based on your experience with Snells; apples and oranges, impedance load wise. In my experience, using electrostats, tube amps always seemed much more natural in the area of ... 
improving my system, please help
The fact that you are looking to improve your system tells me that you are not happy with the sound that you are getting. While there is a lot of merit to the suggestion that you live with the present system for a while, my initial impression is t... 
Placebo Effect...a good thing?
An EE with an open mind. Imagine that! There's hope for the high-end yet. Good luck and all the best, Hueske. 
"Ringing from pre-amp
If removing unwanted "ringing" and false brightness from the sound of your system constitutes deadening the sound, then yes, they will do that. They will also allow more detail to be heard since there won't be as much high frequency garbage gettin... 
"Ringing from pre-amp
Swampwalker, before you discard any "culprits", try installing a set of tube damper rings. It might be all that your singing tube needs, and will help all the tubes sound their best. Good luck. 
Have you "lied" to yourself?
Perhaps whoever gave my post negative votes missed my point; perhaps I was too vague and not direct enough. I will answer Felthove's query as directly as I can: NO! I have never "made a fairly costly purchase and not been able to hear a difference... 
Have you "lied" to yourself?
Attend LIVE performances; preferrably but not necessarily acoustic!!!!!! Live music. Live music. Live music.Live music. Live music. Live music. Live music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
"detail" enjoyable inversely related?
There is no such thing as too much detail; if true accuracy and musicality are the goals. Not only are accuracy and musicality NOT mutually exclusive, but you can't have one without the other. The problem is that the so called detail is often a di... 
Counterpoint and Mike Elliot
Hey Kubla, glad to share my reactions to your query. I will go through a brief "personal pre-amp history", which includes the Counterpoint 5.1, to hopefully put my comments in perspective.A 5.1 replaced an Audible Illusions 4D a few years ago. The... 
Dogs who love music
My sadly departed pet parakeet Rudy, showed a distinct preference for Mozart; the only music that he would sing along to. He also posessed an extensive vocabulary. Phrases such as: "Beam me up Scotty", "Hey Moe, look!" and "Let me out, damm it!" 
Best Cool Jazz Record
There is a radio station in NYC, CD 101.9, that bills it self as a broadcaster of "cool jazz". Most of the cute pop-jazz that they play is not jazz at all. During the forties and fifties, as Kublakhan points out in his inimitable style, a "cool sc...