jrcotner

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The $10,000 Question
Thank you for the thoughtful advice.  I have a lot of research to do, not the least of which is finding some dealers.  
The $10,000 Question
Thanks for all of the advice.  I've got some speaker and amp pairings to look into.  I'm surprised nobody mentioned Raven and a good matching speaker.  
The $10,000 Question
I've been pondering Focal speakers as well.  When I bought the Forests the dealer brought over a pair of JM Labs speakers for comparison.  They sounded fantastic but were way out of my budget at the time.  The problem I've run into is the notion t... 
The $10,000 Question
Thanks for the info.  Traveling to Minneapolis won't work due to trouble driving long distances.  
Humminguru record cleaner
I've had my Humminguru for a year now and am surprised how well it works.  I've gotten used albums in sketchy condition, but after a good manual cleaning and a run or two through the ultrasonic machine, they sound just fine.     
Starting a Classical Vinyl Music Collection
I like what I like, but hate to be stuck in a rut.  I'll buy mixed classical album sets from Ebay and try to get titles/composers I've never heard of.  Sometimes it's obvious why they are not widely known, and other times I am pleasantly surprised... 
Cary vs Raven
I got the Fritz speaker to try out at home.  They had nice high and mid range, but not the oomph which I like with the Forests.  I'd rather have a single full-range speaker than satellites and subs.  
Cary vs Raven
Thanks for all of the advice.  I like the Forests, but after having the Fritz Carbon 7 SEs for a while I realized my old speakers were getting tired.  I'll take a listen to the Klipsch and see how I feel about them, then look into one of the amps.  
Cary vs Raven
I can demo the full line of Klipsch heritage speakers at a stereo store within my driving range.  They also carry Paradigm speakers, as well as home theater and McIntosh amps.  I tried the buy-it-try-it but lugging 70+ pound speakers back and fort... 
Cary vs Raven
Thanks for the info.  My thought was that it's easier to get an amp and take it to various stereo places to try out speakers than drag speakers around to try out amps.  
RCA Phono Interconnect Under $400
Thanks for all of your input.  I pulled the trigger on the Zafino cables.  I found a demo pair marked down so saved a little more money.   
RCA Phono Interconnect Under $400
RCA to RCA.  Since money is an object I'll have a look at the used cable store.  
RCA Phono Interconnect Under $400
Here's a silly question.  Some come with ground connections and others don't.  Does this mean the ones without a ground wire don't need a ground wire, or you'd need to make one yourself?  
RCA Phono Interconnect Under $400
Thanks for the info.  A lot has changed since I last bought cables, and I haven't kept up with new trends.  I'll check out your suggestions.  
SOTA STAR Sapphire Turntable Care and Feeding
Thanks for the tip on belt care.  I don't have a smart phone, so the app is out.  Would electronic contact cleaner be a better choice than brake parts cleaner for the platter rim?  Brake cleaner stuff is pretty pernicious stuff, and electric conta...