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Amplifiers:A Keeper for Life. Do you know of one ?
Ask this question again in 5 years to those who have a keeper. I have had a few keepers over the years, and yet find myself with another amp/speaker/CDP/etc in less than 5 years. It's just in my nature to want to hear as many components as possibl... 
The best CD Player for the money
I guess that many of us have been around the block a few times, and there are probably a few units out there that are worth recommending. In my day, the three most memorable units in my system at the time, were the Musical fidelity X-Ray, the Cayi... 
How much does your system retail for?
I have been very fortunate to only have spent $7-8k and enjoy a system that simple and musical. 
Less listings
Not sure just what the truth is, in spite of our theories, but I do see less listings than before. For me, the listing procedure is flawed compared to other sites. This leads me to list elsewhere. 
whole house surge protector?
It is good to see that many of us recognize the terrible potential for tragidty when it comes to power line issues. First of all, we are all on a 'party line' that encompasses noise brought in from a wide area. But just as important is the potenti... 
Personal speaker evolution
Not surprisingly, I had built yet another speaker system. Of course, THIS will be the last one. It is a single driver Decware 'ZOB'. I must say, few systems have impressed me with a real life sound like these, so they are likely to stay.(this is i... 
Balanced vs standard power
I will say that, in a way, I envy your overkill of this power system. Most people seem to think that a plug in surge protector will do the job. The way that you have implemented the devices, i.e. not having them close to the HT/audio systems, is a... 
Balanced vs standard power
Jea48 THANK YOU! GOOD LORD, why don't we just hook a dedicated line from a substation. There is no doubt that this 15KVA is an overkill idea. I used to work with dc current 60-1,200 amps. requiring less than 1/4 voltage drop. For that kind of spec... 
What's the oldest piece of gear in your system?
I'm gonna say that it is the Carver C9 holographic unit that works magic between the x-fm radio and the preamp. Seems it was made in the '70s. Both are at the 'low end' of my system, but are listenable this way. 
Decware - any substance here?
I sure don't want to come on as another cheerleader, 'cuz it usually makes me sick. I'll give you my honest opinion of the Decware amps that I have owned. First, I must say that I have owned many upscale audiophile amps., and will tell you they we... 
best pre-amp new or used for under $500?
Ok, so I got a Nakamichi CA5 instead of a CA5II. Got a question; any ideas about some simple upgrades in the circuitry? 
Words From the Wise
Don't listen too much to the experts....oops...well, what I mean is that if it sounds good to YOUR ears, then put some weight on that. Everybody has their preference, loud/bright/ detailed/less loud,etc. Your instincts aren't far off, but the equi... 
Personal speaker evolution
Kinda like asking 'what was your first bicycle/car/girlfriend?' As many of you, I started out humbly. My father told me I could have the Magnavox radio if I could fix it. I did, and then started the Journey: ADS 101?,$101; Johnzer, $350; Speakerla... 
hearing tests - where and how?
I can't help but enter a thought or two about this discussion. I have enjoyed music all my life, and to protect my hearing, I have always used ear plugs at work. My hearing used to be phenomenal. Of course, as I aged(53 and counting), there was no... 
best pre-amp new or used for under $500?
Well, that's how it goes, first I buy, then I check it out....Yah, I just put in an offer for a Nakmichi CA5 MK11, and first thing I read here is that it doesn't sound good. Many years ago, I owned a CA5, and regretted ever selling it. But maybe a...