mytthor

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Transparent Audio is anything but Transparent
I have owned both Transparent power, interconnect and speaker cables for over 32 years. I only upgraded one time, and my local dealer, Audio Advice in Raleigh, NC handled the upgrade process, as well as let me try the more recently released models... 
Songs you use when auditioning gear
LP unless otherwise indicated. The list has grown over the years, but the constants are: Dire Straits - "Ride Across the River" - Brothers In Arms Dire Straits - "Telegraph Road" - Love Over Gold Pink Floyd - "Time" - Dark Side of the Moon (Har... 
Cartridge Advice Please
@dhite71 I have an ARC Reference Phono and love the way the Benz cartridges sound through it on my Oracle Delphi mkV/SME V combo. Also have played some Ortofons through it as well and they have a sense of "rightness" about them that while differen... 
Name 3 songs where audio quality and song quality completely align
In no particular order and something for everyone: Van Morrison - "Into the Mystic" from "Moondance" on Direct Disk Labs Muddy Waters - "Long Distance" from "Folk Singer" on MFSL UltraDisc Dire Straights - "It Never Rains" from "Love Over Gold"... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Yesterday the Oracle saw the following beginning with Jazz Brunch: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" 1st pressing A&M Duke Ellington - "Live at Montreux '77" on Pablo. Harry Connick, Jr. - "When Harry ... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Tonight on the Oracle: Neal Francis - "Changes" Lettuce - "Unify" Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Couldn't Stand the Weather" MFSL UltraDisc 1Step Chris Stapleton - "Traveller" (Right before he sings the National Anthem for the Super Bowl)┬á­čśë Cheers, Au... 
Time to upgrade the pre-amp.
A couple of observations/suggestions based on my experience with older ARC gear. ARC can rebuild every piece of equipment they have manufactured, EVER! That is unparalleled product support. I have owned 2 ARC preamps, SP9 mk2 and LS-25 mk2. The SP... 
Acoustic Guitar on Vinyl
These are a few that seem to always be on heavy rotation for acoustic guitar on my system: Doc & Merle Watson "Doc Watson & Son" & "Lonesome Road" - Bluegrass Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & various artists "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"... 
Energy speakers
I bought a pair of Energy Veritas 2.8 back in the early 2000s. I was looking to replace a still working pair of Kef Reference 103.2 speakers. The Veritas 2.8 was a very smooth contender, without any sonic "bunions" that I could discern. Front end ... 
Most Realistic Recordings
I have a short list of really solid performances, some live, some studio, but all give the illusion of "being there." Media varies by selection. "Jazz at the Pawnshop" Proprius (vinyl)-Live Patricia Barber, "Nightclub" Premonition (vinyl)-Live ... 
WHAT SONG TOUCHES YOUR HEART THE MOST?
There are so many that do that these days, but these especially come to mind:"Halleluiah"-KD Lang from Songs from the 49th Parallel"Into the Mystic"- Van Morrison from Moondance"Hurt"-Johnny Cash from┬á American IV: The Man Comes Around "Joan of ... 
Old Amps that can still Kick Butt
The Nelson Pass Designed an built Threshold SA-4e. 100w/ch of pure class A, and a ridiculous amount of current. Yes, it's a space heater, but I too will have it serviced in lieu of replacing it. It makes my Martin-Logans sing! 
Need Tubes
audition_audio, the 6H30Pi is not a power tube; it's in the preamp. Microphonics in the gain stage of a preamp should definitely┬ábe addressed, as the signal reaches the amplifier, the "ringing" gets amplified as well. 
Need Tubes
thefile, I have the same preamp. I have found that you can get well matched tubes with balanced triodes from Tube Depot (tubedepot.com) and they will save you 40% over the ones from ARC. Get the Electro-Harmonix over the Sovtek. You will appreciat... 
Woofer pumping possibly due to tube amp when playing vinyl
Last Lemming, Millercarbon is correct; unfortunately, it is the turntables' interaction with the listening space. I had a similar experience with my turntable a few years ago. It was an Oracle Delphi Mk II with an SME V arm and Benz Ruby 2 cartrid...