andrei_nz

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Most useful tweaks that are sensible and really make a noticeable improvement
My tweaks(1) Isolate anything that has moving parts - Turntable, CD player,(2) Isolate anything with tubes.(3) Be fastidious with Speaker and Turntable setup.(4) Every 3 years or so clean all contacts with Caigs Deoxit.(5) Make sure your cables ar... 
Should I keep the Turntable or sell it?
I definitely am considering a Marantz TT-15S1 because of the Clearaudio Virtuoso cat. I have heard really good things about both, but not actually listened either. My plan originally was to sell both the Alva and the Pro-Ject, which ideally woul... 
Affordable alternativ to the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
martin, you are in luck.  The PS Audio is a FPGA design, and the Denafrips is a Resister Ladder.  These are expensive designs.  Buy a DAC based on a Delta Sigma Chip.  The go to chips at the moment are the ESS 9028 and the ESS 9038.  There are sev... 
At what point is an external D/A converter warranted or beneficial
gillatghThe Oppo is a pretty decent contraption.  My brother has the 105 and I noticed that it produced better sound in two channel than in 5.1.  There is some great Chi-Fi (eg Gustard X-26) running the latest ESS 9038 chip that could do you well ... 
How to Choose Speakers Appropriate for My Amp
I am with the Efficient Speaker camp.  Not much to add but (1):  It is generally easier to buy efficient floorstanders than bookshelves.  (2) I reckon 90 db speakers should be ok.  I say this because I have this amp where the front meter does not ... 
Is it possible to have vinyl nearly noise free?
@geoffkait  There are already 10,000 threads about digital vs vinyl.  You could post on one of [email protected]  My experience is that the factors that influence ticks and pops the most are:1. Good Setup.  Get your Azimuth, Tracking force, VTA, etc right... 
How many audiophiles do you need to change a lightbulb?
Blind testing of lightbulbs ... 
What do you drive and why?
2002 Nissan Maxima.  Needed the space for my breeding program (I have three kids).  I put in a One-Off the top of the line Alpine System, and fully dynamatted it out.  In all this time I have spent almost nothing on it.  The reliability is just of... 
Who makes great active preamps ? Tube or solid state or hybrid.
I have had an Ayon (bottom of the range) and was very good, but not quite great.  I currently have Emm Labs Pre2 and Daniel Hertz M6 and both are fabulous. 
Which area of components to spend the most $ on? Boy I was wrong all my life!
audiotroy1,424 postsThe OP just discovered that a system is dependent on the quality of all of its components. I agree.  As an aside I consider the best reviewer to be the lone audiophile.  This is because he is intimately aware of his own sys... 
Nottingham Spacedeck vs Rega Planar 8 vs Technics SL1200G
Why would anyone buy a TT with rubber band when they can have a direct drive?  
Turntables
When you get a TT you are not just getting a TT.  You are getting a lot of baggage:  [i] Cartridges; [ii] Phonostages; [iii] Another cable or two (and you really do have to get a quality cable as the signal is about a 1000th of a line stage signal... 
Am I the only one that finds the "Round thumbnail frames" irritating on classifieds?
I agree 
Monitor Audio Platinum or Magico A3
The ATC P1 is the same amplifier module that is in many of the world's professional studios - see the ATC website for an astonishing list.  It could drive my cellos with ease.  You must have a fab system if it not up to spec with other components.... 
Mytek slams Hypex in Stereophile Amp Review
@addyson815If your going to copy and paste something from an article, you shouldn’t do just part of it. There is a perfect refutation of this in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.  I wanted to quote the part but ... Oh come on??