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Volti v Charney v Rethm
You have picked three very good sounding speakers.  They are all lively sounding speakers.  The Rethm has, to me a little bit more of the horn and full range coloration, but, it is not that extreme.  The Rival can deliver deep bass and sounds good... 
Moving into an apartment with wood joist floors - worried about neighbors hearing
The whole floor will act as a sounding board so it is necessary to damp the floor throughout much of the room, not just directly under the speaker.  Ideally you would get wall to wall carpeting with a very thick and dense pad.  If you can only man... 
My First Stereo. What Was Yours?
mashif, Good to hear that you still  have and use your Pioneer SA 8100.  I sort of wish I still have my old SA 9100 just to compare the sound to what I have now.  I have been going sort of backwards when it comes to power output.  I started at 60... 
My First Stereo. What Was Yours?
The first that was truly mine (bought with my own money) was a Pioneer SA9100 integrated amp, Koss Pro4AA headphones, BIC 980 turntable with Shure M 91 ED cartridge.  This was assembled in 1975.   In my senior year in college I added a Magnepan MG... 
List of most high end analog active crossovers ever made.
Apogee utilized a "Dedicated Active Crossover" dubbed the DAX for its Diva speaker (large, planar magnetic speaker, sort of like Magneplanars).  I don't know about the specific contribution of the DAX and biamping, but, the system sounded quite go... 
Pure Audio Project Trio 15 - Silversmith Audio Fidelium internal wiring upgrade
Since you are looking at alternatives to upgrade your Trios, at some point you might want to experiment with different capacitors in your crossover.  I know a custom builder who makes some quite expensive and nice sounding speakers and amplifiers ... 
How important is the efficiency of a speaker to you?
Jond, I too generally prefer low-powered tube amps.  That makes high efficiency and easy load important qualities of a speaker.  AN-J’s are not very high in efficiency, but they are intended to be placed in the corner of a room, which boosts the ... 
Minimum Power Needed to Drive Klipsch Cornwall IVs? - Considering Erhard_Audio Ray
You might not be able to play your system at very high volume levels, but, for the VAST majority of the time, 4 watts will be plenty.  Most of the time you will not be playing above a quarter to half a watt, and even if you occasionally push towar... 
VPI Prime Sig/Lyra Delos / Feedback ...help!
Are having any footfall problems as well (do you have to tiptoe around your phono setup when it is playing to avoid skipping?).  It is common to have footfall problems with suspended wooden floors and this can complicate the solution because solut... 
Volti does it again!
IPC made terrific gear.  In particular, I like their IU 1000 compression driver that has a diaphragm just like a Western Electric 555 diaphragm.  This driver was made in the 1930's and 1940's and I would put it up against any midrange driver made ... 
Volti does it again!
I have doubts that something like a 2” throat diameter is the secret sauce to superior horn performance.  Horn behavior has been studied for many decades and a dizzying array of designs have been tried.   i like the Volti speakers and its compress... 
2a3 Tubes - Favorites?
It has been a while since I ran 2a3s, but, I too liked the EML tubes.  I had both meshplate and regular EML tubes.  The meshplates threw a very large soundstage and sounded vivid and colorful and alive.  The solid plate version delivered a little ... 
VPI Prime Sig/Lyra Delos / Feedback ...help!
I have heard a number of uni-pivot arms, including two that I owned (Graham 2.2t and Basis Vector 3) and none of them suffered from any feedback issues.  These arms were used with Lyra Helikon and Titan cartridges.  If there is a feedback issue (r... 
Solid State Low powered Amplifiers
I agree that Lavardin makes terrific sounding modestly powered amps.  They sound lively at lower volumes, unlike most solid state amps.  I generally prefer low-powerd tube amps with higher efficiency speakers, but, if someone wants to stay away fr... 
Tube tester
A local dealer has an Orange as well as a couple of TV7’s.  The Orange is much easier to use because you don’t have to set various tube parameters (about as easy as the Amplitrex I own).  I don’t know what it is testing; I hope it is transconducta...