Responses from markmendenhall

Pass Labs x250.8 vs tube amps
As an X250.8 owner with a First Sound tube pre amp I find that an hour or so is all that’s needed to achieve 100% optimum playback sound quality.  If the system improves after 6 hours I’m unable to hear a difference.  
Speakers which always sound good
There’s a pair of Manger P1’s listed on Agon and have been for a long time.  I’ve owned Von Schweikert, ProAc, Sonus Faber, Fritz, Aurum Cantus, Totem, Talon, Wharfedale, Quad, KLH, Jungson and have listened to Merlin, Maggie, Silverline, Focal, M... 
Who are your three favorite female singers?
Eliane EliasBlossom DearyAlison Krauss Eva Cassidy Moms Mabley 
What tube pre-amps pair well with Pass amps?
I’ve run my First Sound preamp with both the X150.8 and the X250.8 with great success.  Outstanding match in all sonic regards.   
Amplifier Upgrade Decision
Since 2017?  Replaced my SF Oly 3's with Manger P1 passives; replaced the Hegel CDP with a Marantz SA-10, added a JL Audio e110 subwoofer, moved up the Shunyata line with newer model interconnects and speaker cables, added a Schitt tone control un... 
What does a tonearm contribute to the sound of a turntable?
Larry needs to gain some experience  and knowledge before comparing a high end vinyl rig and quality acetate to the sound of a telephone.  That’s like comparing Lawrence Olivier to Popeye, or Raquel Welch to Phyllis Diller.   
How bad is this?
Before you open up the FS pre, make sure to drain the capacitors in the power supplies by depressing the buttons for that specific purpose. Mr. Go is now in Brooklyn and, if open, will gladly help you with this repair, personally I wouldn't send m... 
Great country recording
We’ve been attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada the last few years. It’s been going on for over 35 years each winter in the high desert.  Ian Tyson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Chris Ledoux as many other well known country ... 
Audio Rack Selection
the best rack systems I’ve owned for two channel systems, TV set ups, speaker stands,  etc. have all been custom made we are friends with a couple excellent wood workers which allows us to custom design racks that work specific to our gear; saves ... 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
John Zimmerman of the Audio Connection in Seattle in the early 80’s introducing me to Cary tube amps and pre amps, Sota turntables, Benz cartridges,  and ProAc speakers.   
Most “disappeared” speakers.
@select-hifi ‘hole’  ?? Huh? Hornssingle driver concentric driverwall mountedsealed boxported boxisobaric configuredline array omnidirectional line transmission AMT basedI’m sure I’ve left some out 
Marantz SA-10 Vs Esoteric K-05Xs
I seriously considered an Esoteric and I’m sure they are fabulous players.  Didn’t have an opportunity to compare the brands and I’m sure I’d have been satisfied either way.  Three considerations pointed me to Marantz:  1) the 90s Marantz I owned ... 
Marantz SA-10 Vs Esoteric K-05Xs
Finally! A CD player that helps me resist the desire to grab a record!   The Marantz SA-10 has introduced a listening experience that compels me to keep playing CDs.  I’ve owned Audiomeca, Hegel, Sony, and Jungson CDPs, among others,  but my memor... 
Good Product or Nonsense?
my 2 cents:  I've used 2 or 3 spray bottles of Optrix over the course of 3 or 4 years.  No negative results, no staining, discoloration or negative playback issues.  Also use it on DVDs and find it actually will help a well used DVD play better.  ... 
Who makes great active preamps ? Tube or solid state or hybrid.
love the Schiit-Stirers !!!