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My First Stereo. What Was Yours?
My first system was acquired in 1969 and consisted of a Sansui Au-555 amplifier paired with a Sansui TU-555 tuner.  My turntable was a Dual 1019.  My soeakers were a beautiful oIr of Sansui SP-100 speakers.  I added an AKAI R2R with Crossfield hea... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
Sound is individual perception and McIntosh has many fans as well as detractors.  I will say that my combination of 3.6 Maggies paired with MC501 mono blocs and a C220 tube preamp has served me very well in 5 different locations in 3 homes over th... 
Best Covers
Three come to mind, Smokestack Lightin' with The Yardbirds covering Howlin' Wolf.  Burnett even said it was the best version of his song. Tje Allman Brothers Band covering Taj Majal's version of Statesboro Blues, which became their signature tun... 
Do You Buy Speakers Without Hearing Them?
There is no substitute for listening IMHO.  I auditioned many box speakers, but once I heard Maggies I was sold.  I have had good success with electronics, buting McIntosh used.  If I wanted to sell, I could always get all my money back.  My tube ... 
Best Covers
Smokestack Lightening by the Yardbirds, Burnett (Howlin' Wolf) said it was the definitive version.  
The Sound Quality Of Commercially Pre-Recorded Reel-To-Reel Albums
Back in 1975 I had a 4 channel R2R and bought prerecorded tapes for it. The genre never caught on, but the sound was amazing. Live at the Fillmore blew me away and I have heard that music on every media it was released in except 8 track. R2R beat... 
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
My audio journey started 55 years ago, I was in the Army and bought my first system of separates.  Sansui AU555 amplifier, TU555 tuner, Sansui Sp100 speakers, Dual 1019 turntable and AKAI R2R with crossfield heads.  It began a lifelong journey and... 
The dangerous world of Reel-to-Reel Tape
50 years ago I was into R2R and the first thing I did with all my albums was record them at 15 IPS from the new vinyl.  At that point I had complete collections of the Stones, Les Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers and more.  Then I got into... 
How good is good enough?
I am married to an economist, we both believe in the concept of marginal cost versis marginal gain.  Now that I am 75 and my hearing is slowly declining I believe there is no future in upgrading my system. It is not uber expensive, but would cost... 
Was 1971 the high point of popular music?
I am 75 and was into music from the age of 15 in 1963.  For me music evolved, as did my tastes.  I remember watching a good deal of live jazz in the mid 60s, then discovered blues, both early, then the rock blues based bands.  It was a terrific ti... 
Has buying and/or selling audio gear changed?
I have bought and sold coins on eBay for over 20 years.  The cost of PP is baked into the purchase price IMHO.  I would Never use F&F as it is too dangerous.  High ticket items >1,000 in my case go signature confirmation and registered mail... 
Is There Just One Single Album That Does It For You, Completely? Just One.
I actually had an experience relative to this question.  In 1972 I was a radioman in the Navy and sent to Diego Garcia in 1972.  It is an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 27 miles long in a horseshoe shape and no wider than half a mike at... 
Have you asked yourself this question?
The choices available today are myriad.  I am 75 and have had decent equipment for at least 55 years.  That includes most means of listening to music, vinyl, R2R, including 4 channel, cassettes, CDs including SACDs, streaming.  Having lost my anal... 
My High End Audio Gear As A Long Term Investment!!!
I have been stable for the last 15 years, I am now 75.  As to investment, audio gear is similar to cars in many ways, they are typically a depreciating asset that provides much joy. I have added a streamer 2 years ago, but other than that my syst... 
Have you found your "End-Game" speakers yet? I have. And it feels so good!!!
I have has my 3.6 Maggies for 17 years and they make me smile every day, they are my forever soeakers!