Responses from zonkler

advice for headphones?
With headphones there are a number of personal preference questions that need to be asked upfront before a firm recommendation can be made: 1. Open or closed back (or, alternatively, listening environment). Open back typically produce a more “aud... 
Question about how analog audio recording works
I’ll bite. In any analog medium, waves are superimposed on each other. For example, in water you could have small high frequency waves and large low frequency waves and what you would see would be big waves with multiple little waves on top of t... 
How To Keep Cat Off Stereo Equipment?
The rack suggestions work. If for whatever reason a rack doesn’t work, I have had great success placing a piece of equipment that is not ventilated (like a tuner, streamer, power conditioner, tape deck, etc.) above the ventilated equipment with so... 
Transients hurting my ears on hifi solid state amps
@jasonbourne52 Yep, my DH220 is just lovely. Only drawback is the class A heat but the upside is in my northern climate it doubles as a space heater in the winter. Depending on the poster’s power needs a DH120 or DH500 would be just as nice.  
Transients hurting my ears on hifi solid state amps
What is your budget? If it is just a few hundred you could consider a vintage MOSFET power amp like a Hafler. Should sound relatively “sweet” due to the lower order harmonics without breaking any banks.  
Need Recommendations for a pair of Speakers around $1,000
I agree with the many commenters here that you will get your very best bang for the buck used. that said, if I had a bit over a grand burning a hole in my pocket and was looking new I would be sorely tempted to get the BMR Philharmonitors.  
Most Realistic Recordings
@bdp24 Came here to post the Cooder/Bhatt collaboration A Meeting By The River. What a phenomenal example of purist acoustic recording.  
It comes with a balance knob?!?! I'll take it!
Like many here, my hearing is less acute in one ear than the other. Without a balance control the stereo image is always naggingly off center to me.  
What are some of your favorite "COLD" songs?
Valerie Wellington — Cold, Cold Feeling    
FM Tuners
I have been more than happy with a Carver TX-11 I picked up used for $80. Along with sounding great to my ears, it has a relatively high output signal, which may be an advantage if pairing with a passive preamp.  
One big reason why brick and mortar high end audio dealers struggle.
Boy, the two local places near me in Minneapolis that I’ve shopped at in recent years -- Stereoland and Audio Perfection -- have not been anything like the negative experiences some of you are talking about with brick and mortar retailers. I come ... 
Science that explains why we hear differences in cables?
@perkri You took the words out of my mouth 
HiFi vs MidFi
I should have appended a /s @mahgisterThese are 100% subjective terms. There can be no generally agreed upon definition because for most audiophile types that line is somewhere beneath wherever they are (sonically, financially, or if they think th... 
HiFi vs MidFi
Mid fi is any system with a lower MSRP than the one the person making the pronouncement owns 
Single driver vs traditional 3 way loudspeakers
Picked up a used pair of Gallos recently. Little FR sphere speakers. They have their drawbacks at the ends of their range but sending them a high pass signal and letting a sub carry the low end has given me the best imaging and instrument separati...