Responses from jacahn

Who are your three favorite female singers?
At this moment:Dionne WarwickDusty SpringfieldJune ChristyIt depends on my mood. 
Getting him in my ARC PH3se phono pre
Check that there are no power cords in close proximity to the interconnects from the turntable to the phono-preamp, and no power cords in close proximity to the interconnects from the phon-preamp to the preamp. 
Getting him in my ARC PH3se phono pre
Check the wires connecting the cartridge to the tonearm. Sometimes separating them more/moving them apart slightly can get rid of the hum.  Do this carefully, for example with a toothpick instead of a finger, so you don't break a connection on one... 
Best bookshelf loudspeakers under 10,000 for the pair
I have the B&W 805 D3s, which I use with an MJ Acoustics Reference 200 subwoofer.  Very musical and very enjoyable. 
Purchasing vinyl online
I have ordered from Music Direct. It generally stocks audiophile quality recordings on LP, and it does a GREAT job of packing and shipping. I have had poor experience with LPs purchased from, and shipped by, Amazon - the records are good, but the ... 
Chicago-area dealer recommendation
There are many good options in Chicago, if you look.  It also, obviously, depends on what brands you want to audition or shop for. 
Chicago-area dealer recommendation
Sadly, Audio Consultants is now closed as the owner, Simon, retired in January.Simon recommended the Saturday Audio Exchange (Chicago) and Quintessence Audio (Skokie).F1 Audio picked up Ayre. 
Considering getting a CD player (again). Used? New? Criteria?
I significantly updated my two-channel system in spring 2019, including a Bryston BCD-3 cd player. It is highly regarded and it sounds great on all of the 1000+ CDs that I own. However, as the salesman warned me, I rarely find myself playing CDs -... 
Ever Bought an Audio Product that was Stupid Good for the Money?
Bluesound Node 2i and a Qobuz subscription. 
Thiel Owners
I loved my Thiel CS1.2s.  Then I loved my Thiel CS1.6s.  Then I got married and, because I love my wife, I traded the CS1.6s in at Audio Consultants and bought five Thiel PowerPoint 1.2s for the home theater.  I love them.I recently bought a new t... 
Phono stage for my system?
I am using a Musical Surroundings Phonomena II phono amp.  My set up includes a Thorens TD 166 MkII turntable, Ortofon 2M Bronze cartridge, Ayre KX5 Twenty pre-amp, Ayre VX5 Twenty amp, and B&W 805D3 speakers, and MJ Acoustics sub.  It sounds ... 
Looking for Thorens cartridge alignment gauge for TD 166 Mk II
Keep checking eBay.