newbee

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20 Years?
My first post was in September 2001. Don't recall when 'joined'. Most of my posting occurred in the first 5 years and it's been downhill ever since. Things have changed. :-(  FWIW I agree with and share Mikes observations. For myself though,  I'm... 
Signal tube versus power tube, sound impact?
What kind of amps are you running? 16 power tubes? WAG, but sounds like some Primalunas I've seen, but not heard. What kind of 'signal' tubes are you running? What kind of pre-amp are you running, with what kind of 'signal tubes? Specificity migh... 
Sound and Music
I think cdc pretty much hits the nail on the head. For myself I prefer a system that does not draw attention to itself and the recording is part of that system. I don’t want to have sounds coming at me which have nothing to do with the music. Viny... 
Expectation and musical perception
FWIW, it's easy to agree with the general statement about expectations (and resultant perceptions). This is why serious audiophiles so often refer to 'listening skills' or the lack thereof. Unfortunately obtaining listening skills can be both time... 
Signal tube versus power tube, sound impact?
Power tubes first, small tubes to fine tune. JJ power tubes are OK if you like them. I use their E34L's in a small amp in preference to some other excellent tubes. Power tube selection can make a big difference in the sound so the first thing you ... 
Sound and Music
You just have to move to Austria where "The hills are alive with the sound of music". Not the sounds of an audio system. Sorry for that...but I couldn't resist. I do think that we often look for the right things in the wrong places. .:-)  
Starting a Classical Vinyl Music Collection
Mahler123, FWIW (probably not much), I've followed your posts on this thread and must tell you that my reasons for getting out of vinyl pretty much mirror yours, and your advise on LP acquisitions is spot on! Good advice yet you keep your posts po... 
Cary vs Raven
FWIW, as I recall Raven uses 6l6GC power tubes in their amps. This should produce a clear and linear sound which can sound excellent when used with neutral to warm toned speakers (I like and use that tube a lot) much as a 6550 or KT88.  No so much... 
What affects front to back depth in room/ system?
It's probably already been said, but FWIW real 'depth of image' is captured in the recording process. If it ain't there it ain't going to be anywhere. In a carefully set up two channel system all you get is what is on the recording. There are man... 
Your greatest high end audio purchase!!!
I have two and I can't decide which was/is more influential. The first, which I no longer have but it lasted for over 30 years, was an Audio Research SP 10II back in the days when vinyl ruled. The second is my Silverline Bolero speakers acquired o... 
Rachmaninoff's 1st Piano Sonata, original version - His Best?
Mahler 123, Nice analysis. Valid, too I think. Your views probably reflect those of the folks who did the edits. Yet, I will probably listen to this more than the  edited versions. Perhaps it is as much the sound and performance as anything. :-)  
Rachmaninoff's 1st Piano Sonata, original version - His Best?
Yes. IMHO it's worth getting to know. It is really a bit different from his other music for solo piano. Reminds me a little of Liszt. I'd have to admit though that before I heard the 'original version' I didn't like it so much. OK, but so is a lot... 
High quality recordings any genre
Here is a trifecta. Copland's Fanfare for the Common  Man, Appalachian Spring Suite, and his 3rd Symphony. Apart from excellent performances, the acoustics are superb. Hell I'd buy this even if I didn't like Copland all that much. The Fanfare coul... 
How good is good enough?
My 'good enuf' was when I had to accept the fact (OCD or not) that I had probably optimized the only room I had which would accomodate my audio habits.  Since I designed my house I felt I was stuck with it, and I am. But I'm happy. :-)  
My favorite classical recordings
I put my recordings of HIP music into the closet with my hair shirts.  I must admit that I’ve never liked the overscored, over produced, recordings of orchestral music. I welcomed Harnoncourt’s Beethoven, Berglund’s Sibelius, Mackerras’ Schubert a...