tonyrox

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Whats playing on your system today?
The new Mark Knopfler album, One Deep River.  Kinda sleepy, but well recorded.    
Long run XLR cables
Mogami and Canare are the pro industry standards, with Whirlwind using Accusonic cable.  I'm using Canare L-4E6S cable wherever I can.  System is dead quiet, no hum, no rizz, no noise of any kind.  Benchmark DAC3, Mini-DSP SHD and Benchmark AHjB2... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
Another vote for the ATC SCM40a speakers.  They are tri-amped and this allows the mfg to voice the speaker and amp together, and with an active crossover further control is possible. I have SCM7's with Benchmark amplification in a small room, (pl... 
What the Best Dac have you heard or owned. How could you tell it was that good.
Currently using the Benchmark DAC3HGC and the AHB2 amp driving some ATC monitors.  There were clear steps up in performance from the Parasound ZDAC, to the Project Pre-Box S2, to the Benchmark.  I really think Benchmark is on to something by using... 
Tubes, tone, and old age.
I've been playing this game a long time, like back when Vandersteen had only two models....really one, but officially two.  Anyway, my hearing back then was stellar, but after a lifetime of live sound, shooting sports, and other high SPL events, I... 
Steely Dan UHQR
I've been wondering about this for a while, Grundman, Massenburg, Marino, etc., are all in their 70's and 80's, they must have some significant HF loss at the minimum.  Life is hard on ears, that being said congrats to all these legends for such a... 
Significant steps? (DAC)
We have to remember that a good DAC has a good Analog section along with the Digital portion.  My Benchmark DAC3 HGC is a world class DAC with an astounding S/N ratio, (a key metric IMO), as well as the ability to resolve 21 bits of resolution, (c... 
XLR cables for a reasonable price?
I'm a Benchmark fanboi for sure but it's taken me a lot of years to arrive here, so take that for what it's worth.  My DAC3 HGC and AHB2 combo is the best combo I've ever had and the thing that stands out is the astounding S/N ratio, achieved thro... 
Ridiculous sale
"A fair price is what the market will bear." Don't want it bad enough to pay the price, don't buy it.  It's your choice, nobody is forcing you to pay a premium.    
What are the most used terms that say the least in the "High-End"?
Jump and boogie.  I'm not sure I want my TT doing either of those. 
Speakers that are a great value!
When I got into this geeky hobby I built my first pair of quality speakers from a mail order (way pre-www), company Speakerlab (which apparently is still in business).  12" 3-way in a box I made from MDF sourced from the local lumber yard.  Those ... 
Random blast of 0db white noise.
ZDAC is back from Parasound.  Repaired, (said replaced 5v power supply), and have no problems in the week it's been back in use.   
Random blast of 0db white noise.
Update, (if anyone cares)...I'm sending the ZDAC back to Parasound as the same issue was continuing to happen.  I 'm using my CEntrance DACPort LX without issue, and may even like the sound a bit better. 
Best Way to Integrate Subwoofers?
There is a lot going on when you configure a 2.1 system.  I have my main system in a small room that serves as my office, so I don't have to pressurize a large space, so I have it set up studio style with the Jamo Coronet IV's on the wall in front... 
Bookshelf Recommendations
Well, just pulled the trigger on a set of blem UB5's, so now I'll be able to compare them with my Jamos and some KEF IQ1's I have.