ghdprentice

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Aurender A Series DAC Performance
I highly recommend Aurrender streamers. But also to buy a separate streamer and DAC. An N20 is an incredible streamer and you should match it to an equally great DAC. I have not myself analysed the sound of the A series DACs, but there is no lack ... 
Flexible Power Cords
2 meter lengths is the minimum recommended length for power cords. Good quality power cords act like conditioners and two meters provides more than shorter lengths. I had the opportunity to compare a couple of the same brands on my system and ther... 
Meitner Ma3 Streaming vs Aurender
I own Aurrender streamers and have compared some dual function DACs. In general, separate streamers are better… sometimes much better. Also, you have the option to upgrade independently. I can endorse the N200 as a great streamer. Aurrender only d... 
Speaker cable length.
@wlutke …”Pull 16 ft under the cabin and loop it back up to the right speaker, if needed.”   Great idea!   Great sound quality comes from dozens of choices. They are additive. While you may not outright hear a difference between the equal leng... 
Records and CDs
@signaforce  I don’t see anything even remotely in the minority here. You had an old model lower tier streamer… not saying it sounds bad. I still have a Aurrender N100… but upgrade that to an N200 or N20 and bet the situation flips.   
Speaker cable length.
The audiophile rule of thumb is that always keep both lengths the same. It is one of those things that has never been worth my while to test. It is easier to be safe. There may be many technical reasons not to do it. One is that electrical wire (n... 
Comparison of sonic qualities of some tonearms
I upgraded my contemporary Linn LP12 with a Koetsu Rosewood signature from a Akito to Ekos SE (something like $4K vs $7K) a couple years ago. The upgrade was well worth the investment in terms of sound quality.. Sonic improvement did not involve t... 
Records and CDs
Remember we are in a rapidly changing audio time in the analog vs digital arena. Fifteen years ago analog sound simply exceeded digital at all price points. At that time vinyl was considered to have “an intrinsic” sound. Which is now clear that it... 
Records and CDs
Happily the album art is becoming available in streaming. Qobuz now will have a pdf attached to the on line album, so you get to see it on your iPad or laptop while listening. So, hopefully that lack of art will go away and in future albums art wi... 
Knockoffs- how can they just advertise so easily?
@marshinski15 I have a big stack of Transparent Cable boxes around. It is surprising how much space they take up. I have thought of throwing them out. But I sure will not sell them to someone who is going to match the box with fake cables. Geeze... 
Streaming for Dummies
Do remember you get what you pay for. I have owned streamers from $200 to $22K and, in general, they incrementally sound better the more you invest. They are like every other piece of audio equipment. They need to be carefully chosen and of equiva... 
vibration control - cd player
@dill  +1  
Question about adjusting the balance
My remote has a balance adjustment. If I feel the central image is off center, I’ll adjust it to center. To me some albums seem different. Probably just my hearing creates this illusion. But that is what a balance control is for. I never thought ... 
Crackle and hiss on some albums
@lewm    No, I cannot say that with absolute certainty as it was from a series of upgrades of different tables and cartridges etc on different tts when I was moving from mid-fi to audiophile stuff. It all seemed to contribute to different degree... 
Transparent Audio is anything but Transparent
Sorry to hear about your difficulties.   I always deal with my local dealer for Transparent cables, Echo Audio (they also do internet sales). They are fantastic. They will knowledgeably discuss the nuances of difference between generations and Ti...