jheppe815

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Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
I have been a McIntosh owner for over 30 years.  I will state that when I would visit stereo / hi-fi stores over the decades (when we still had hi-fi stores!) and salespersons would ask what I had for a system, I was embarrassed to some degree to... 
Vintage dbx Products
There seems to be some activity with dbx 224's on eBay, so that might be an outlet vs. the electronics recycling bin.  I've read an article or two that cassette is not totally dead yet...and there are some writings of it making a (small) comeback.... 
DAC suggestion for PC
@lanx0003 - I should rephrase my statement by saying, "and finally went to a higher quality USB cable".  I am using an Audio Quest Carbon USB-A to USB-B cable.  There are certainly higher quality cables than what I'm using, so my apologies for the... 
DAC suggestion for PC
I gotta agree with @milpai and @fuzztone about Fidelizer helping with sound quality for your PC.  It's cheap and easy and if you are using Windows, that platform is not good at processing audiophile quality audio without a little bit of help.  Pro... 
Is My McIntosh C52 Pre-amp The Weak Link?
I believe the C52 is pre swappable DAC module technology from McIntosh, so the C52’s internal DAC is built in and not able to be changed/upgraded. I also vote for keeping the C52 (I have a C53 with the internal DA2 and love it) and trying a diffe... 
3-4 dB dip at crossover region: what should I listen for to hear it?
@rischa - I remember distinctly how good the 4349's sounded right out of the box.  However, the high frequency compression driver did smooth out in short order as the drivers broke in.  I didn't have a very long break in period where the cabinets ... 
3-4 dB dip at crossover region: what should I listen for to hear it?
@rischa - I bought my JBL 4349’s two years ago. I read extensively about these speakers before I bought them as you are probably doing. I’d recommend simply to just listen to them and put away all the reviews, graphs, etc. I very much enjoy my 43... 
Mcintosh pre amp pricing
I bought a new McIntosh integrated amp in March 2023 for about 10% off retail from my local dealer. There were three other used units for sale at the time on eBay and Audiogon that I considered. Two were priced at about 65-80% of new. The third wa... 
Speaker Cables : Moderate priced
@mijostyn - I'm a big fan of Kimber Kable as well.  +1 I have cables made to order by Schmitt Custom Audio Cable and use both James' Canare 4S11 and Reference 100 cables.  Super fast service, reasonable prices and located domestically here in Wis... 
Using PA Speakers In A Home "Audiophile" Application!
An interesting thread for sure. @mgrif104 - Great post & fully agree. I too worked in live sound most of my life.   In my main system, I’m using pro audio JBL 18" low frequency drivers. I bought JBL ASB7118 cabinets which were loaded with J... 
USB Noise***Unlikeliest Fix***
I have two modified PC's that do the streaming on my two listening systems, both using USB connections to my DAC's.  I agree that a bone stock, unmodified Windows based PC should not be used for streaming without modifications.  Windows is horribl... 
Preamp Shopping - Parasound, ML, McIntosh
I can only speak to the C49 preamp, but one feature (which I'm sure you are aware of) is that the DAC (DA1 in this instance) can be swapped out as technology changes. I have two McIntosh units with both current modular DACs (DA1 and DA2) and they ... 
Audiophile Optimizer / Fidelizer
Also, I had positive results during the purchase process when I bought my copy of Fidelizer and have received one (free) update to the software from the developer since my purchase in 2022.   This is simply my opinion (which no one asked for...)... 
Generic USB 2.0 cable vs. DH Labs USB?
When I started in computer audio, I went from a very cheap USB (printer) cable (literally a cable included with a printer) to a modest $100 Wire World USB cable of similar length. I noticed more definition in the low frequencies as the largest imp... 
Audiophile Optimizer / Fidelizer
I use Fidelizer; a free copy on one PC used for streaming and a paid version on another PC used for streaming on a 2nd system. To directly answer your question, this software does run on both my machines, each using Windows 10.   [Edit]: I now r...