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My Last CD player
I've had the latest McIntosh MCD85 for a little over a month now.  It just gets better and better with hours played.  I can't believe how good SACDs and regular CDs are sounding.  It also, has the ability to (firewire/usb or optical) a connection ... 
Where are the young audiophiles?
Perhaps our job is to introduce the next generation to the magic, when normal times come back and the neighbors or relatives are visiting; ask some of the next generation if they've ever listened to vinyl?  If they look indifferent; just repeat "I... 
So Hard to Decide on an Amp
"Porsche; there is no substitute"Same could be said for McIntosh... 
Half speed masters. Are they worth the extra scratch?
Ok, just purchased my first better-records.com "hot-stamper" records.Time to put my ears, brain and equipment to the test. Can't wait to start listening when the needle drops... 
Half speed masters. Are they worth the extra scratch?
Ok just looked up better-records.com.  Thanks to maestro MC.Could not agree with them more; too many variables with vinyl and the only way to tell if a recording is superior is to play it.  But, ouch those prices; although it does make sense if yo... 
Half speed masters. Are they worth the extra scratch?
Half-Speed and other Audiophile grade vinyl is worth it if the original record was a well engineered recording.  I have some rock and jazz; like Steely Dan's "Aja" or John Klemmer's "Touch" on half-speed master vinyl that will make you weep at how... 
What is better, analog or digital?
Ok so I "invested" in the latest McIntosh MCD85 SACD player to go with my McIntosh MA352 tube hybrid integrated amp (analog inputs only, no digital). The MCD85 offers a 32 bit DAC and is connected with balanced cables. My vinyl is played on a Pro-... 
Turntable lid up or off?
@millercarbon, I just use a soft micro fiber cloth for cleaning.  My "habit" is to take the cover off and set it upside on a table on the other side of the room (sometimes I just set it on the carpet).  If I'm not using it for more than a day or s... 
My best retort to those that think we listen to our stereos more than the music
I'll stay away from the analogies, they are fun, but also a slippery slope (no pun intended).  What I find is the better my equipment, the more picky I am about a live venue.  If you regard live as the ultimate music engagement, my goal is create ... 
Turntable matching to MC or MM cart.
With audio there's always something to consider.  If you're using a name brand like Pro-Ject or Rega turntable; probably no issues.  But you also must consider your stylus type. For some carts like the Ortofon 2M Black or MC Black with Nude Shibat... 
Help! Buy McIntosh MA252?
I've just purchased a McIntosh MA252 and matched it with my B&W 683 S2s.  I did not compare it to other hybrid integrated amps.  As an experiment I've also been trying the MA252 with an older set of Dynaudio Excite X14s bookshelf speakers.  Al...