zazouswing

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Hum in speakers, and suggestions for stopping it
Have you tried unplugging everything in the shared circuit to see if there is a specific culprit? Put a meter mic on the speaker and walk around unplugging stuff with a stopwatch. If the hum exists in the wall but not through the power plant, my w... 
Are you on or off? What say you?
+1 @sfar.  What they said.    @mahgister You flinched in the last line. “Perhaps” = on  
Speaker placement Quandary
I have the worst shaped house possible. I listen to over 60% mono and any setup with speakers to tight to the back lost depth - and with mono - that is your soundstage. The difference is more noticeable in mono. My compromise was a room dedicated ... 
Real or Surreal. Do you throw accuracy out the window for "better" sound?
Unfortunately, I think it is song dependent. Lean one way and you find some tracks that make you long for more detail. Lean the other way and your looking for more bloom. Maybe some have more normalized feeding habits than me, but any system that ... 
Cable management....crossing at right angles or
Agree that this shouldn’t matter - other than phono cables. If you’re really experiencing a problem or want to be anal - a little trick from the world of Fire Alarm  notification wiring - where this does happen often and is heard. It requires cust... 
Room Too Dead
      When I was researching a Home Theater room, I seam to recall an article about how 2 channel listening is more dependent on a balance bawneen reflections and damping whereas an ideal theater room would be very 'dead'. I believe the concept be... 
WHY DO PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO COMMENT ON CABLES AND EQUIPMENT THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD?
Thirsty. I think the word is thirsty. After Cat 5 cables, it’s what makes the internet work.   
Tube measurement question...
Those are testing numbers. The bias should be set based on the amp manufacturer’s recommendations. General rule of thumb is you shouldn’t exceed the recommendation, but going lower is OK and prolongs tube life.   
Building a 100 album vinyl collection 3 must have albums are?
Mezz Mezzrow, Sydney Bechet, Tommy Ladnier, Sydney De Paris - The Panassie Sessions  Please - 1968-1969 Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea -Alternatively- TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain  
Crossing Left and Right Speakers
I was always of the general impression that soundstage was a relationship between space (audio reflections - both as captured in the recording and from our space), time (frequency - and how it interacts with space and nth order reflections), and o... 
Bad news for home theater enthusiasts
I’m going to start stocking up on VHS myself - my analog retirement plan. See cassettes.   
First Tube amp suggestions
The first tube amp foray for me was a Yaqiun MC13S - or something like that. It was a - I wonder if this is any good - moment. I still have it. 40 wpc push pull, El 34 design. Nothing bad to say about it other than it ran through power tubes prett... 
Any High End Tube Preamps with *gasp tone controls?
Tone control, on top of RIAA re-equalization, is a must for 78’s. I have a Foz SS-Ex (gives bass boost) and a Transcendent Sound Fixer (Tube kit - high and low tone controls) both on a tape loop so they can be bypassed for ‘critical listening’.  N... 
So you just took a gummie...What song is on the menu?
Amon Duul II - Dance of the Lemmings Ant Trip Ceremony - S/T Soft Machine - Volume One The Freeborne - Peak Impressions &Thoughts Can - Tago Mago Neon Pearl - 1967 Recordings Haymarket Square - Magic Lantern West Coast Pop Art Experimen... 
Matching the cartridge to the phono stage
The Hana SL is a great cart — especially for the cost - I use the mono version as my daily driver. I’ve used it in a few configurations. When the resistance is pinched, it tends to smooth out more than it already is. I think if you’re starting out...