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Horn speakers are really bright?
While I cannot comment on commercial / lower grade horns, as I have not heard any, my reference is the four horn systems that my friends and I have here on the island. They are in systems that were fine tuned for decades, by the most hard-core aud... 
Have you moved away from full range to standmount speakers + subs?
I agree with the inmates, bigger speakers have the potential to give a much more realistic sound stage than smaller speakers, which create the "porcelain muppet show". (Sorry, I did not coin that term but it's just so accurate!) The misnomer comes... 
What were the radio stations of your youth that helped you on your music/audio journey?
Bartok Radio, Hungary. The most educational classical music station I ever ran across with fantastic sound quality and content. I grew up on it. Thumbs up for the Huns! ; Now it's available as internet radio as well... sound quality not the same, ... 
Why do my bass drivers shake violently listening to vinyl
Subsonic frequencies have direct effect on the hormonal system, they affect the biorhythm of the internal organs, vision, balance. They are an essential part of perceiving the hall acoustics of a concert hall. If it's part of the recording, then y... 
Top 3 songs to evaluate a system
To evaluate a system / component whether it will suit your needs:Listen to music that you like to listen to!And when you make your choices based on that, your system will grow in the direction you take it... I would recommend listening to all sort... 
Has Nordost forgotton who pays the bills?
They are actually focusing on people who pay their bills, and reserving the customer support to service actual customers who buy products. If they would run around  a myriad requests asking to validate serial numbers then their actual paying custo... 
Single driver vs traditional 3 way loudspeakers
A 3 way design will most likely "blow away" everyone at first listen compared to a single driver. The simple reason is that 3 ways that blow away have tweeters running hot in the 10+kHz zone, and that creates an amplified spaciality feeling. Howev... 
The two stages of audiophilia
I agree. Stage 1. Obsession with gearStage 2. Obsession with music. Exit stage left.... (Rush fans in the house?) 
How long do good speakers last?
Depends on the climate.. here in Hawaii the foam surround lasts about 10 years if you are lucky. In comparison, the Altec surrounds look brand new even after 50-70 years.  
Turntable versus tonearm versus cartridge: which is MOST important?
Millercarbon said it all. My addendum:The most economical route may be to keep on upgrading arm and table, while having a cheap(er) cartridge that can step up big way.Not all cartridges can step up when the table/arm combo is greatly elevated.I fo... 
Tube Amplifier Sound Characteristics
Amplifier sound boils down to topology and parts selection. The two extremes of topology will give either the most cold or most warm sound:A. Push-pull design, class B, high feedback = "solid state sound", even when it is a tube amplifier.B. Singl... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Listened to Vangelis - Antarctica.Have not heard it in years. Brought tears in my eyes.  
You own a store, you sell 2 brands, which?
Vandersteen and Quicksilver ;  
Is bass the most important frequency band?
90% of the brains processing power is between 500Hz-15kHz. The region that processes sub-500Hz looks more like an afterthought, barely any brain tissue dedicated to it. So, the 500Hz-15kHz would be universally the most important frequency range, a... 
High end high quality int. amp for low level listening
More powerful amp = better at HIGH listening levelYou want amp with better LOW RESOLUTION DETAIL.The higher the power, the WORSE the low resolution detail gets.These are dictated by the laws of physics.Due to attention to execution you will see so...