moonwatcher

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My First Stereo. What Was Yours?
Ah, in 1975, a Radio Shack "all-in-one" receiver/8-track recorder-player/turntable, with some external speakers. Got me by just fine until college when I went with separates, most notably a Pioneer SX-780 receiver, which I sure wish I had kept ins... 
JJ preamp tubes - repeated problems
Until you get your amp checked out by a reputable technician, all these comments are guesses at best. Blaming the JJ tubes might be correct, or not.  As many have noted, poor shipping, handling, and such can damage any tube, even NOS.  JJ tubes a... 
Humminguru record cleaner
It looks like the Kirmuss 'In the Groove' Ultrasonic Record Restorer - Upscale Audio Anniversary Edition (going for ~$1200 now) might be the ticket to a "better" machine that provides the necessary higher power for cavitation bubbles without all t... 
Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
@arcam88 some CD players or transports play gaplessly, while others do not. I know all Denon players play gaplessly which is why I bought one. Best to consult the manual or even better to seek out reviews or ask someone who owns one to be sure.  I... 
on the cheap
+6 for any WiiM product. The WiiM Mini (hockey puck design) is reputed to have a "thicker, darker sound" than the WiiM Pro or Pro Plus so I'd choose one of those instead and call it a day. The great thing about the WiiM's are their software. So ea... 
Humminguru record cleaner
@davey and @aberyclark that's what I'd like to see. A "mid-priced" model offering the higher power of the Degritter without as many bells and whistles.  I already have a decent homemade vacuum RCM so I can use it to rinse and dry the records after... 
Humminguru record cleaner
@lewm whoever told you that was incorrect. Ultrasonic machines are indeed "ultrasonic" unless you are a bat. The cheap ones operate at 40KHz, the more expensive ones at 120KHz.  From YourSoundMatters dot com: "The Degritter doesn’t come cheap at... 
Volume levels
@cleeds +1 This was demonstrated by John Darko on his YouTube channel. Recently remastered digital versions of an album had far less dynamic range than the original LP.  Yes as others note, in theory, CDs can have a dynamic range of 96 dB, but tha... 
InnuOS Sense 2.6.0.
@thyname Tidal "Max" is their streaming service tier that offers at least CD quality (16-bit/44.1KHz) files, and for roughly 10% of their catalog, it offers higher resolution streams at up to 24-bit/192KHz.  Like John Darko often says on his YouT... 
Old phones as streaming sources
Good enough for a garage system I guess. One issue is that at some point the phone will be so old that the O/S won’t support your streaming services apps, but by then you probably would have upgraded to something else. I tried this initially when... 
Do You Buy Speakers Without Hearing Them?
@reched go ahead and get the R7 Meta. Life is short. Enjoy, and don't look back.   
Do You Buy Speakers Without Hearing Them?
Everyone has different wallets and use case scenarios. In general, if I’m buying bookshelf speakers for use in my den in the $1000 to $1500 range, I bought them without hearing, based on reviewers I’ve watched enough of to know what they like, i.e... 
shy about prices
I guess the old adage about, "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it", applies in a lot of cases.  But I'll still click on something I'm not sure of if it looks good. At The Music Room or Safe and Sound I find great looking stuff, then ... 
shy about prices
It is aggravating not being able to quickly and easily find the price (even the MSRP) for a speaker.  I have my price range ($4K to $8K) that I'm willing to spend, so don't waste my time telling me the virtues of some B.S. high tech reason a speak... 
Would you buy a pair of speakers by just looking at the measured freq. response?
As @erik_squires said, frequency response is but ONE measure that is important. Maybe not the most important one either. But yeah, I look at frequency response curves to see if a speaker is jacked up in a range I don’t enjoy or if they’ve added a ...