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Recommendation Tube Integrated
I find the Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum III a very high quality integrated amp for the price. To quote their own description, "A Triode/Ultralinear switch allows for on the fly switching between Ultralinear operation and pure triode. Ultralinear offe... 
Aggrivated tinnitus from speakers?
I had a similar experience last year out on the astronomy field. This is a very quit place, but both my telescopes emit a high frequency sound that many can't even hear. I set the telescopes up closer than normal resulting in spending several over... 
Ultrasonic cleaning
I also use a generic ultrasonic cleaner from Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/VEVOR-Knob-Control-Ultrasonic-Cleaner/dp/B0BVVHLGF2   I use distilled water and a capfull of Spin Clean Record Washing fluid.  https://www.amazon.com/Spin-Clean... 
I have an odd problem with microphony...
Before you start replacing tubes, I suggest you pull the tube(s) and clean the contacts. I had a similar experience with a Brimar NOS 12AU7. It was so bad that walking around the room triggered noise. But after using high quality contact cleaner a... 
New computer for Streaming????
My opinion may be disputed, but I find a built for purpose real-time Linux OS to be a very good streamer. This must be a single purpose device. Bitperfect MPD with ALSA for a Linux Audio PC System (24bit96.com) These instructions are for Debian,... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Just got back from a vacation in Kentucky, Tennessee, & Alabama. I scored 20 new-to-me records. They are all cleaned now and I'm loving new to me music from: Yes - Time and a Word Meatloaf - Dead Ringer Kerry Livgren - Seeds of Change Steve W... 
At what price is one considered an Audiophile.
Cherry, said it very well. It is all about passion and personal investment, not money spent. I'd like to compare my audiophile activities with my amateur astronomy activities. I think in both you can spend a small fortune yet miss out out on the ... 
If I rip all my CD's to flac files do I still need a CD transport?
Said well.  I am an old IT pro so I backup and backup again. My flac files are on each real time Linux streamer as well as my NAS which I backup to 2 other NAS devices both of which are remotely located and online. Call me paranoid. Indeed EAC is... 
If I rip all my CD's to flac files do I still need a CD transport?
I think that is a great question. My research led me to Exact Audio Copy as the software because it interrogates the CD drive and does not read the data as a CD player would, but rather as a data appliance. The audio CD format does not have much e... 
If I rip all my CD's to flac files do I still need a CD transport?
Thanks for the confirmation. To be sure, I have a CD player. It is a Denon Professional DN-300Z. Handy to have in the system, but seldom used. I doubt it is even entry level audiophile quality.  My focus is vinyl anyway. But I still have quite a f... 
How serious are you?
I'd put myself at a 2. I have a modest system that I enjoy, but my passion is astronomy. This week I'm camping at a dark sky park for a full week hoping for a clear night. So far three nights not worth getting either telescope running. I'm not sur... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Wife's birthday so we are listening to Molly Hatchet, Traffic, & Bread.  
Rogue Audio. Reliability issues? Anyone?
There are several KT120's available on eBay. Not my first choice by far, but I had a dead KT120 in my Chronos Magnum when it arrived as new to me used. The previous owner never checked the bias...  So, I picked up a pair. They were Tung Sol and th... 
What record cleaner is the most bang for the buck??
I second Spin Clean, It is a great place to start. I've recently upped my game with an ultrasonic cleaner. I modded it so it cleans 8 records at a time. I buy used vinyl from antique stores so cleaning upon arrival home is critical. I also agree ... 
KT120 replacement options in a Cronus Magnum II
If this is PcX,Tube New Tung-Sol KT120 (Super 6550/KT88) (partsconnexion.com) they sold out already. I got 2 off ebay and they work great. I have a spare now for the inevitable.