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Direct Drive
Thorens are wonderful machines. I had a TD160 for about a decade (lost it in a burglary). A beautiful machine. I particularly liked the use of opposing magnets to handle anti-skate. Ingenious. But well-preserved ones are expensive now. I’d hoped t... 
Direct Drive
I've owned AR, Thorens, Lenco, Gerrard, Philips, Dual and ProJect Debut Carbon turntables, most of them manual (that old classic AR is just a platter, tonearm and on-off switch). The ProJect was the last to be replaced—by a Denon DP-37F (so, a low... 
To truly enjoy this hobby, I need to learn electronics. Any book recs?
Several here have mentioned Robert Harley's book(s). Well, I'm skeptical of their value, for several reasons. I've posted this "review" on Audiogon before, but here is part of it again for this context. ___________ Robert Harley’s The Complete G... 
Great classical pianists
Ah, I forgot to say anything about Arrau. As several testimonials here indicate, he has a cult following for sure. And, yes, his "interpretations" are very personal, for a classical pianist, and often compelling. But too often, they're just willfu... 
Great classical pianists
Thank you for this video. Ms. Dovgan plays "The Tempest" beautifully, if just a bit slowly in the first movement. She’s beautiful, too, and so young. And so poised. Too bad she wipes her nose at the beginning (1:10). My favorite young pianist no ... 
Wall Art
Make your own! It's fun.  
Does a REL subwoofer make the speakers' job easier?
Thank you, bdp24, for the best brief subwoofer tutorial I've ever read. I made a screen shot of it for my now extensive file. It's humbling how much some of you know, and really understand, about the technical side of this hobby. FWIW, I've got a... 
Is There A Device For Home Use That Can Measure How Low The Bass In My Speakers Is?
Thanks, dgluke, for the John Atnkinson Stereophile link. The whole article is interesting and informative. In any case, I did not know about "B weighting"; my SPL meter only gives me a choice between "A" and "C". There are, of course, several othe... 
Is There A Device For Home Use That Can Measure How Low The Bass In My Speakers Is?
dgluke complains that suggesting SPL meters when the OP had asked for Hz is "braindead." But--duh!--Hz are audible as SPL. And then dgluke suggests the Hsu test tone CD, like everyone who mentioned SPL readings also did (even if not the Hsu CD spe... 
Is There A Device For Home Use That Can Measure How Low The Bass In My Speakers Is?
hypoman is the first, and only, contributor to this thread to even mention an essential parameter relevant to almost every other suggestion: that the SPL meter must be properly "weighted." The meter elliotbnewcombjr actually provides a link to wil... 
Soundstage and image height, does it exist?
As has been noted already, everyone knows that their speakers, no matter the design, can project an image in the center, where there is no driver. Obviously, speakers radiate sound: to the left, the right, above and below. Why would this not creat... 
Your sub experience: Easy or hard?
Not likely I can add much other than a brand that hasn't yet been mentioned: the NHT SubOne. Besides sounding clean and tight, it has a very useful "controller" that sits on top (or can be placed in your rack) that controls volume and has a switch... 
Cable curmudgeon
bruce19: +1. Your post came in while I was writing mine; I wouldn't have bothered had I read yours first. bruce is the Boss!  
Cable curmudgeon
This is actually a very revealing thread; maybe it would benefit from better cables. The OP may be trolling, or may be just bewildered by audiophile fetishism; hard to tell. But the vitriol his post inspired is revealing. Those who calmly respond ... 
Constructing songs
"What's He Building In There?" by Tom Waits.