Responses from gphill

What do/did you do for a living?
I was in the furniture business for most of my working life. Started out as a rep for 20 years , dabbled in manufacturing a little, had a retail business for 10 years, then 2 more years as a rep. I was lucky enough to be able to retire fairly youn... 
Finally!!! I just purchased some Aerial Acoustics 7T speakers! How do I power them???
Congrats on your new speakers! I’ve had 7t’s for the past two years and love mine. When I first got them I used a Vincent SV-237 integrated amp for power. They were nice but I felt like they could use more power. I ended up with a McIntosh MC 452 ... 
I DIYed two power cord, one for my amp and one for my preamp. I used Belden 83803 wire and Marinco plugs. Bought a 15’ foot piece of wire and made a 12 foot one for my amp and a 3 foot for my pre. The plugs are hospital grade and the wire is extre... 
Thoughts on a C 47 Mac
The C47 is a really good pre in my opinion. Nice Dac, good phono stage both mm and Mc , plus it sounds great with my Mc 452. Great value. 
is this the greatest live band of all time?
The Allman brothers in their early days with Duane and Berry were really good. Springsteen with the E street band was amazing and the Stones, what can you say, the greatest rock and roll band of all time! 
McIntosh C 47 phono stage versus the Herron phono.
Maybe I asked the wrong question. I’m underwhelmed with the C47/ Alpheta 2 sound. It doesn’t sound as rich and full as I think it should. It doesn’t sound bad just underwhelming. I’m looking for that cart- phono stage that just knocks my socks off... 
Best speakers 5k 10 k
Aerial 7 t’s are very nice in both soundstage and imaging but they became much better when I treated my room. I suspect that may be the most important thing. 
How many NICE looking high end floor standing speaker are there at present
192! The Aerial 7t’s are very nice looking and sounding speakers. Very clean design and beautiful finish. 
Need speaker cable
Analysis plus oval 9’s can be had for your budget and they are pretty sweet. 
Amp Upgrade time, $6000 budget, used or new.
There is a McIntosh MC 452 for sale on this site that’s just a little over your budget, but it’s an auction so you might be able to get it for less. It’s an outstanding amo. 
I need some turntable guidance
From first hand experience I can highly recommend the new Rega P8 with the Alpheta 2 cartridge.can be had for 4K or a little less and it’s really nice. 
McIntosh MC2152 power amp technical question
Audio Classics is an audio dealer/repair shop that specializes in McIntosh gear. They are in NY close to he McIntosh factory. Great reputation. 
McIntosh MC2152 power amp technical question
If that’s the case. Box it up and ship it to Audio Classics . They will fix it. 
McIntosh MC2152 power amp technical question
Why don’t you find the closest McIntosh authorized service center and either take it in or ship it to get it fixed. Complaining won’t get it repaired. 
Standmount speakers. I have $5000.
The Aerial 5t’s are very nice. A Stereophile A rated product.