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tonywinga

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CD v Streamed
Part of the fun of vinyl is that it shouldn't work so well.  It's just not possible, it would seem, for vinyl to sound so good.  The stereo 33 1/3 LP concept was sketched out by two engineers on a cocktail napkin.  With those auspicious beginnings... 
CD v Streamed
I know all the technical data and comparison between vinyl and analog.  Similar to the SS and Tube amp discussions in the 1980s, SS amps looked great on paper with their great S/N and low distortion but tubes still had the advantage in listening. ... 
CD v Streamed
I received my replacement optical converters today.  It appears the problem may have been in the fiber optic cable.  The old cable does not work at all.  The replacement cable works but one connector is a bit flaky. I had to manipulate the connect... 
CD v Streamed
I tried out an Optical Media Converter today. After reading threads about this being an effective improvement I thought I would try it. Some months ago I put a network switch between my ROON server and the router which improved the sound. Still, 4... 
Pass Labs AMP’s- What is the best Pass Amp Sound for You from past 10 years
I took an X350 home one weekend in 2002 for an audition. 19 years later- this past February I switched to the new X260.8 monos. My son has the X350 now. I’m using these amps with an ARC Ref 5SE and Thiel CS6 speakers and Purist Audio cables throug... 
Stratospheric audio gear prices
The prices do not follow the stock market except in the sense of the stock market is a hedge against inflation over the long term.  Using gold as the reference luxury items tend to maintain a constant price while consumer prices over the years hav... 
Deja Vu all over again
Perhaps, but you’ll never pry my phono cartridge out of my hands.  :)  
Deja Vu all over again
Because according to that database, the 1975 vinyl has an avg DR of 13 same as the CD from 1990.  
Deja Vu all over again
Art for the sake of art.  The Heart albums may be somewhat compressed but I still think they are some of the best sounding rock albums of that era.  I can accept them for what they are.  For example, the Cowboy Junkies Trinity Session.  I love tha... 
Deja Vu all over again
According to that database my 1970s pressings of Fleetwood Mac have a dynamic range equivalent to digital.  I didn’t realize that.  So my 50 year old records are a good reference. Good thing I’ve kept my analog rig up to date.  Heart’s Dreamboat A... 
Deja Vu all over again
I’m apparently hearing something different from some of you.  I don’t hear compression at all on this latest hi res FLAC of Deja Vu.  Perhaps it is because I have only my vinyl copy from the 70s for reference and I understand that 33 1/3 vinyl doe... 
Why are Ayon tube amps not mentioned very often?
Like I said, I am really enjoying my Ayon CD transport and DAC.  If I had more opportunities to audition their amps and preamps I would consider them.  They look fantastic.  I have had Audio Research preamps since 1988 and Pass Labs amps since 200... 
Stratospheric audio gear prices
Up through the early 70s hi fi was very much DYI. Then manufacturers caught on and started to offer hi end features in their products. I’m an engineer. I fell into the wrong crowd in the late 80s- hobbyists that were heavy into modded hifi. I enjo... 
Why are Ayon tube amps not mentioned very often?
I bought an Ayon DAC and CD transport this past January.  The sound blew me away.  I never imagined CDs had so much detail/resolution.  I was using an ARC CD player before.  The equipment quality of build is outstanding and they perform flawlessly... 
Stratospheric audio gear prices
If you look at prices over time, luxury items like high end watches, boats, esoteric audio gear and super cars increase in price about 3-5% per year while common appliance prices stay flat or even get cheaper.  High end luxury isn’t about cost cut...