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Audio Doctor goes to Axpona observations so far
Chrshanl37 has it right. It’s nearly impossible to judge components and speakers at a trade show. Very few rooms were suitable for good listening. Even the big Focals were boomy. I wanted to hear Larson and Sanders and both impressed as they are n... 
Turntable got absolutely crushed by CD
It really is all about the source material and the cartridge when it comes to vinyl. I have a digital front end playing FLAC files from my computer through JRiver then through an Oppo Sonica DAC through Jolida tube separates then to Paradigm Studi... 
Can you live with your current speaker until you die?
Not a chance and not because my Paradigm Studio 100 V5 are not excellent speakers. Not that I have an unlimited budget (far from it) but I've heard some very impressive speakers that ignite the wanderlust in me.  
Inexpensive Tube Amps
Interesting thread. I'm coming in pretty late. I've seen this before and it seems like the OP is looking for support for his choices. Opinions were given regarding potential QC issues of a Chinese made product at a very low price point which is va... 
Done buying new vinyl
Some new vinyl may be crap but there is plenty of really good remastered vinyl. I'm very happy with all the vinyl I've bought from MoFi. I have a Bobby Darin album. Tony Bennett, Bill Withers which is particularly good and if you can find the 45 r... 
Reducing Background Noise On Records
Assuming the cartridge is properly setup (if not get this fixed before anything else), culprits should be a dirty album which is solved by something like the Record Doctor V or similar, hum from your interconnects or dirty power which is harder to... 
Amps from the 1980's -- What gear holds up sonically? Reliably?
I have an Adcom 555 but it has't worked in years and is not worth the price to repair (over $500.00) but it was a fine amp in its day, tons of good clean power but a bit harsh at higher volumes. They powered Snell E3's in my system. The Snell's we... 
Turntable Dust Cover Option
I had a cover custom made by JMK Displays. Same kind of business, store displays but as a sideline they make dust covers to order. I designed it including cutouts and they built it for me to cover my VPI Scout. About $180.00 shipped. Perfectly bui... 
Ever Bought an Audio Product that was Stupid Good for the Money?
The Dragonfly Black USB DAC that I paid something like $98.00 for is amazing. That's value. 
Disappointment with Pro-Ject...
Are your tt interconnects shielded? If not change to shielded.  
VPI Scout Set up
I have the Scout and the Dynavector 10X5 high output MC cartridge along with Vincent PHO-700 phono section. I had a dealer mount and set up the cartridge but with the right commonly available tools it should not be hard to do yourself. It comes wi... 
Paradigm and Revel
Thank you Bob!I think I just need to experience more speakers. Ultimately it comes down to listening.  I'd certainly get the Harbeth or Magicos I mentioned above if they sound great to me even just as 2 way speakers. My current Paradigm Studio 100... 
Paradigm and Revel
bob_reynolds, I surely am not as technically knowledgeable as many here so my question is how come some great speakers like the Harbeth 30.1 and the Magico S1 MkII sound so great? Is it the enclosure and crossover expertise? Also, if drivers dedic... 
Paradigm and Revel
I guess I don't understand why you see Revel as a higher end product than Paradigm. They along with Focal and many others seem to occupy a high volume retail niche. They all make excellent products in this price range.  
Paradigm and Revel
A 2.5 way vs a 3 way does not mean one is compromised vs the others. There are plenty of high end 5 figure speakers that use 2 way designs. They are not compromised. Magico for one has a speaker in the $15-20K range that is a two way. Not one revi...