jonwatches1

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What is it I'm failing to grasp?
Great thread! I’ve just started reading “How Music Works” by David Byrne - fascinating. First chapter spends a lot of time discussing how music is shaped by its surroundings and culture - e.g., why Mozart started with chamber music, how arena aco... 
What is it I'm failing to grasp?
@stuartk - nice to see you! I think a lot of the difference is just sheer sound volume.  Unamplified guitar is >70db, as a reference point; symphony >100db. I think this holds across all genres of music - most people just get fried after a ... 
Will a new Dac improve the sound?
@garypick  I just upgraded my DAC from a 2017 Meridian Explorer 2 (well-regarded desktop piece at the time) Tried two different replacements. First was the new iFi Zen Dac Signature v2. Instantly audible improvement in all respects - five years ... 
To Buy or to DIY, here is my question
@chorus - maybe these are parallel decisions, not substitutes? DIY speakers a hobby where experience can lead to great results. Not possible to duplicate the engineering or construction of the ProAcs, and why bother if DIY? Point of DIY is doing ... 
McIntosh -- good for show, not for sound, says dealer
I’m running a McIntosh C2300 (tube pre) into an MC152 amp. I love my bourgeois suburban rig Summary - Mac gear got me to the place where the recording itself becomes the subject of research (rather than worrying about gear) - so easy to hear the ... 
Budget DAC recommendation for Office system
What speakers would people recommend for an office system?  
Need McIntosh service advice
Audio Classics in Vestal, NY  
BIG difference Tidal vs Amazon Music
Roon / Tidal works really, really well for me, and have always been happy with the FLAC stream from Tidal. Roon / Tidal very seamless and Roon is excellent Have heard Amazon interface / experience a little wonky, but never used it If Spotify eve... 
Buying refurbished gear....
I’ve bought all my gear used, except for DACs where I buy a new one every four years or so ($1 - $2k budget).  Appreciate this may not be quite the same as “refurbished” For McIntosh, I always work with the folks at Audio Classics, and for other ... 
starting equiment that ic cold from being shipped
If it were me? 24 hours. Keeping equipment wrapped would make evaporation take longer and increases risk  Some water is going to condense inside the amp as it warms up Water + amplifier = bad Need time to everything to come to ambient temperatu... 
$100K system build - % breakdown of spend
@jrw1971 +1, particularly for amps, preamps & phonostages @coys21 If I had that fun budget, would move some $ out of the the amp/preamp, keep the RELs for a while, and budget $20 for the tt + cartridge. At that level, may need a phono pre, bu... 
What Is So Special About Harbeth?
@bob540 They sound good I auditioned vs two other similarly priced standmounts ($6 - $10), and Super HL5+ was easy choice for me. Same story as always - it’s a matter of personal taste & no intrinsic relationship between cost & enjoymen... 
the cart or the horse?
@onebean  - the old stuff is always fun.  I am actually running a factory refurbished ‘93 Mc pre on my main rig, in part because its so simple I figure they couldn’t have messed it up. Still have my father’s 40 year old Luxman gear and it works ju... 
the cart or the horse?
I would keep the speakers and simplify everything else. One voicing Personally, I’d buy a used integrated - ideally something with DAC on plug-in card With those speakers, you can be flexible on power specs + Used PrimaLuna (Prologue 1?) + Bud... 
DAC Question: Delta-Sigma vs R2R
Friends don’t let friends buy archaic digital gear.  Everything in our signal chains endures, but not DACs