Responses from waltersalas

Damping Factor and Overall Negative Feedback.
Unfortunately, our beloved Al (almarg) is no longer with us. If you search the archives, you might find some of his insights that may help. Al is sorely missed, that's for sure. He was one of our very finest.  
Luxman leaves me wanting
Here's another recommendation for the Synthesis A40 or A100. After a very lengthy amp search that involved at least half a dozen highly regarded integrated amps, my search ended when I tried the Synthesis A100 about a year ago. Not only does it ha... 
I Cried Today
What a touching post, a reminder for us all to keep things in perspective. Thanks for sharing this story.  
100 Albums You Would wish for...from a Genie
Without a doubt, my list would be a little different if I could use box sets (Howlin' Wolf, James Brown, Ornette, etc.) or best ofs (Creedence, George Jones, etc.) and would be subject to endless editing upon closer inspection, but this was nevert... 
Synthesis Amplifiers: One of High End's Best Kept Secrets?
@pryso  Now there's a thought! I am going to look into that possibility right away. Thanks for a creative potential solution. This is my only issue with this amp, which continues to delight me every day.  
Stephen Stills
@roxy54 I didn't say Stephen Stills didn't have talent. There is a difference between talent and genius. I could name at least a dozen Neil Young albums that are better than any solo album Stills ever made, but so what if you disagree? Some peopl... 
Stephen Stills
@roxy54 Tastes will vary. Or maybe you're not much of a reader.  
VAC Phi 300.1 won't power on.
Agree with pdreher. Check the fuse.  
Stephen Stills
Stills wrote song great songs, but come on, this is like comparing the 1985 Los Angeles Lakers to the Washington Generals. Neil Young is in a small handful of the greatest songwriters in rock and roll history, having recorded at least half a dozen... 
Integrated suggestions
I'd certainly be tempted by the Willsenton R800i, which would leave you with $1000-2000 to upgrade the tubes to your liking. Also, maybe you could get a deal on a Synthesis A40.Virtus. I have its big brother the A100, which I prefer to any amp I'... 
Synthesis Amplifiers: One of High End's Best Kept Secrets?
@azwill  My cable evaluation is on hold until the arrival of my new DAC, the Lampizator Baltic 4.I expect it to arrive in the next week or so, and then we'll see how it shakes out. I will also be comparing a couple of very nice AES/EBU cables--an... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
The Synthesis uses KT66 tubes, and I do not doubt that the amp was acting as an antenna. If the noise problem recurs now that the system is quiet as a church mouse, I will try tube swapping next. I once had a tube amp that picked up conversations ... 
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
Thanks so much, guys.. This had become the ultimate conundrum--best amp I've owned, but an annoying problem that was robbing me of enjoying it. Now that the noise issue is gone, I can very highly recommend Synthesis amps to anyone without any rese... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Pere Ubu  --   "Dub Housing"  
Internet Noise: A Pest in the Machine
For whatever it may be worth to anyone who contributed to this thread or may stumble upon it in the future--especially for anyone who may have a Synthesis amp or be considering one--I seem to have found a solution to the noise problem. It turns o...