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Are carbon fiber speaker cabinets inherently better than wood or metal ones
Carbon fiber is a great material for many applications because it is both light and strong. That said, no material has been more overhyped in recent times, and used to make all kinds of junk, from cup holders to toilet seats. But do they use it to... 
Is it possible for a high end manufacturer to overprice their goods?
In the U.S., the share of our population that fit the demographic for being in the middle class has been shrinking for decades and is now below 50%. Poor people do not buy expensive audio systems and America is a country loaded with poverty and ne... 
Did vinyl sales just hit the proverbial brick wall?
@ghdprentice  I think you've made my point; corks are not going anywhere and neither are vinyl records.  Most wine sold is fairly cheap and forgettable, and most of that may well be screw-cap eventually, but there will always be a huge selection... 
Did vinyl sales just hit the proverbial brick wall?
@tomcy6  Yes. I meant in audio devices. Games is probably its own category.  I got back into vinyl about twelve or so years ago. I'm glad I did.   
Did vinyl sales just hit the proverbial brick wall?
@ghdprentice Will all wine be in screw-cap bottles in 20-30 years?  I think sales will level off and grow based upon population like most other established markets. There will always be plenty of people that want to hold the music in their hands... 
Did vinyl sales just hit the proverbial brick wall?
Vinyl records are the number one selling physical medium for music. They still only make up a small slice of total music revenue when you factor in streaming. All age groups are buying vinyl, and turntables are becoming a ’thing’ to have in the ho... 
New take on CD vs Vinyl vs CD
I use a Sugarcube SC2 made by a company called Sweet Vinyl. It records in a number of formats including 24bit flac, does track breaks, and uses Discogs to lookup and match the record you’re recording. It is super easy. It also removes ticks and po... 
Power cable dilemma
You won’t find any empirical evidence or studies that show any correlation between the price of a power cord and any improvements made in the sound quality of a component like an amp. Do you really think that the engineers and designers that produ... 
The Future of Hifi is just being Discovered
J-Wall: @thecarpathian I don’t think you’ve managed to convince anyone here you know what you’re talking about What are you talking about? Speaking for everyone? Dude, honestly, you’re analysis and your retorts are the very definition of cluele... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
I have some Musicable for speakers, from Germany-- claimed (I say claimed because I have never even tried to verify it) to be made of pure silver. It sounds good. In my system, perhaps a tad bright, but definitely good. The main thing for speaker ... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
Nice rant. Have you heard a $30K turntable Why thank you. Yes, a couple in that range. VPI and an SME in that range. Both sounded great, but I’ll tell you the same thing as I did regarding cables-- the differences are subtle-- and NOT "better t... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
Silver cable does not sound better than copper cable. All quality cables have subtle differences and much of that is system, power, or even room dependent. It's like getting into an argument about which bottle of a high-end wine tastes better. The... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
Well you’re kind of putting words in my mouth so I’ll clarify; Regarding cables-- beyond a certain level of build and materials quality, you, nor anyone else, would be able to rank a series of cables -- all of good build and quality materials-- f... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
Yup. In this particular case, it’s absolutely true. The specs are ever better. Also, I have proof. The $1000 cable was unable to reproduce a specific note that this cable is capable of doing. So you have proof? Evidence please. A defective $100... 
Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance
"You get what you pay for" in high-end audio is more of a joke than a truism. Do you really, honestly think that a $300,000 amplifier blows away a similarly specced’ $20,000 amplifier? Wrong. Does a $5,000 cable sound better than a $500 cable? N...