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Philips E88CC SQ special quality Question???
As with cables, tubes are a completely subjective matter with many variable parameters ultimately determining their performance in any given application. Some people like the Philips E88CC SQ, others don't. Personally, I think they are on par with... 
B&K ST 202+
I just sold a 202+, and discovered that it is 200 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load. Originally, I was under the misconception that the amp was a mere 140 wpc (but I believe that applies to the 202 sans +). I am a bit confused by what you mean ... 
180 Gram vs. MFSL
The answer depends entirely on the LP in question, and the pressing history thereof. Personally, I've never cared for MFSL, generally finding the original LP to be far superior in the majority of cases. However, a 180g remaster that was poorly rem... 
Soundtrack to "The Pawnbroker"
You bet it was - originally released as a Mercury LP (with fine sonics BTW). Perhaps my favorite Rod Steiger film.-Richard 
Any XTC fans?
Listened to my original UK/Virgin pressing of "Mummer" last night and thoroughly enjoyed it from front to back. I also very much agree with "English Settlement" (as long as it's the original double LP not that Geffen abomination). "Black Sea" also... 
Do small preamp tubes 12ax7 need to be matched?
I think "matched pair" for small signal tubes is a misnomer. What, exactly is being matched? Transconductance and current figures are a poor indicator at best as to how any given small signal tube will perform in situ. Anyone with extensive tube t... 
4 must have hours of baby boomer music?
No offense Mark, but you couldn't have picked a more disturbing list to my ears. Shudders run down my spine simply thinking of listening to ANY of the "artists" listed. Streisand couldn't carry a tune in a bucket...and let's not even discuss Neil ... 
Talented digital audio engineers at JVC?
I still use my trusty (albeit rather modified) JVC XLZ-1050 CD player that's getting pretty old now. While my priority is vinyl (and always shall be), the JVC is sufficient for the discs I do own. I've thrown a few modern designs at it (Rega, Musi... 
Linn LP12 Valhalla 45 rpm
The thing about the adaptor thimble is that a good deal of force is required to get the thing on and off - a worrysome amount of force. I've got one kicking around if you're interested...-Richard 
general query about cables on Agon
Personally, I find that I "stockpile" various cables mainly for comparison purposes. Cables are the icing on the cake of a good audio system, and one of the few reasonably priced opportunities for all of us to fine tune the system. Sometimes I loo... 
Football legend Johnny Sample has died
What is this "foot ball" thing you speak of ?? Johnny Samples was my favorite Hee-Haw character too.-R. 
ClearAudio aurum beta s vs. virtuoso
Aceto,I've owned both (metal body versions; never heard the wood), and felt that the Beta-S gives you about 90% (and some) of the performance of the Virtuoso. The Virtuoso has a lower compliance, and sounds a little more refined, and does the extr... 
Speltz Anti Cables
Sean, I like your use of chaos theory to describe the geometric orientation of the cables - I'd say that's about right. Mathematically speaking there is some degree of order in all patterns of chaos, and after some extended listening last night, m... 
Speltz Anti Cables
David, The cables are now closely tied, and up on cable risers. I used four tie wraps, tightly cinched, evenly spaced down the eight foot length of the cable - the conductors are so stiff, only a few are needed to keep the cables bundled. I just g... 
Speltz Anti Cables
I have been experimenting with this very thing. I am running the Speltz cables in a biwire configuration (two spades on the amp end/four on the speaker side). Berning amplification, Meadowlark speakers. The cables were constructed by me, using Lum...