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Incredible improvement in sound quality
Great post. When I was in college in the '70s, and had a convenient, and free, health center, I went every semester to get my ears rinsed clean (my audiophilia started in high school, actually). The days afterward were always wonderful; everything... 
Did the Old Receivers Sound Good?
I’m still using my 1989 vintage NAD 7600 in my reference system. This was NAD’s best integrated amp and tuner put on the same chassis: 150 wpc into 8 ohms, 500 watts of dynamic power into 4 ohms for 200 milliseconds (ten times the typical duration... 
A perfect song? What are your choices?
Thank you, serjio! Seriously.  Here's another from the Slavic world (sort of!):      
Who Would You Spend A Day With - Pick Two
millercarbon (Chuck Miller), even though his politics would make me crazy. That, no doubt, is why he was banned from the site some time ago.   And mahgister. A weird approach to SQ (tin foil hats, anyone?), but passionate about thinking through ... 
How long do speakers last?
Another vote for Bill Legall at Millersound. A wonderful man with a lifetime's experience repairing speakers. Not just surrounds, either, but spiders, voice coils, everything. Very reasonable prices, too.  
Experience with Townshend Seismic Podiums on Concrete Floor (they're great)
hilde45: congratulations! I’ve been curious about Townshend podiums for a couple of years now, but remain unwilling to shell out for them. Your testimonial, and ozzy’s too, bring me that much closer. But let me share my own experience with acoust... 
The Forgotten
Scientific Fidelity "Tesla" speakers. I've auditioned about a dozen fine speakers in my large listening room, including Martin Logan, B&W and Revel, and I also own Von Schweikert VR4s and PSB Synchrony Ones. The Teslas are more natural soundi... 
Under my tower speakers -- Isoacoustics Gaia, other options?
As far as I can tell, most of this advice is correct: if you have concrete floors with carpet, as you do, use spikes. Ideally, the cabinet should be completely rigid; all the movement should be in the speaker cones and domes, not reactive movement... 
What am I missing?
Point well made, and taken, ghdprentice. But it only makes me wonder why people under 40 embrace vinyl, of all things. Bear with me a moment. My son-in-law is a Brooklyn hipster and guitarist; he and my daughter have decent day jobs, but share a t... 
What am I missing?
What are you missing, pmiller115?  First of all, and as several have already noted here, the quality of the original recording is vastly more important than the playback medium. If you've never heard the SACD versions of Fritz Reiner's 1953 "bina... 
Reliable Mid-Priced 7.2 Channel Receiver
Paul, I have a Marantz SR8300 receiver I'd be willing to sell. DM me for details if you're interested.  
To couple, or not to couple, that is the question
Millercarbon! So good to have you back!  This is sufficient "theory" to satisfy my curious mind. That is, it's a clear and reasonable explanation of how and why decoupling may work the acoustic wonders it does work, as far as my ears tell me. In... 
To couple, or not to couple, that is the question
Thanks folks. But my question was more theoretical than practical: as far as practice goes, I’m sure my system sounds better with the speakers decoupled on Sorbothane feet. But the theoretical question remains: WHY? It would seem, as my "expert" f... 
NAD 3030 experience
FWIW, my system employs the NAD 7600 Monitor Series Power Envelope RECEIVER (which combines the 2600 power amplifier and the 1300 preamplifier with the 4300 tuner—all flagship components for NAD at the time, which was the late 1980s). I have never... 
Background noise.
Great thread; thanks, ghdprentice! I’ve got several things to say here. First, I completely agree that ambient noise is almost surely a far bigger problem for most high-end systems than any less-than-optimal component. It’s at least as important ...