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Refurbish Fidelity Research Tonearms
I need more butter on my popcorn...Now, if we can just get Nandric and Dertoarm in here and then stir that pot good (maybe with a good 'ole radical subjectivism vs. scientific materialism debate, throw in some hot peppers) then we might have a rea... 
Tinnitus sufferer: is it the speakers or the 24bits/192kHz
You need, "pure."I have the same affliction.Sonus Faber Guarneri speakers ┬árun by Jadis JA30's...NOS inputs....something like micro oval gold ICs....Start there. 
SF Cremonese Q
Well, gentlemen, a question: the Phaethon's output impedance is 0.5 ohm and I've read that, nevertheless, it's driven many kinda-difficult-load speakers, i.e. Hansen's et al.SF specifies a min. 100W amp, but cites a 4 ohm load (and no info on dips... 
SF Cremonese Q
Thanks, Keithr, for the input. That helps. I'm thinking that I might actually like the silk dome versus the newer berylIium-diamond-micro dust-deposited-in-a-vaccum, or whatever (and that seems to be the new tweeter de riguer these days..). And I ... 
SF Cremonese Q
Thanks, Gregm!davey, good points, and I have thought about the Strads. It will be a fairly large great room (at least, that's the plan...) so the Cremonese seemed to fit the bill in terms of energizing that space. When the COVID bubble lifts, I'll... 
SF Cremonese Q
BTW, noromance: 301 is hammertone, early serial #, already sorted by Dobbins, in all original state...yeah, will set that up, maybe let go of the simple-in-retirement Thales idea. Or maybe have both!!! And so the illness goes... 
SF Cremonese Q
Thanks, folks.NoRomance: that's funny...and probably true! Just sold LM speakers and Wavac monos (still have my 2nd system: Spendor LS/35As, AirTight ATM300B, some little cheap streaming thing so my wife can have music in the kitchen while she bak... 
What preamp creates the largest soundstage?
Ditto on Atma-Sphere, VAC...add in Joule Electra. 
Amp Upgrade time, $6000 budget, used or new.
Pass Labs, best you can find for the $. Decent resale too. 
Speaker recommendation for Shindo D'Yquem amps (Vosnee-Romanee pre)...
LM 755i's...but you should know this already. 
Amp Recommendation for Vienna Acoustics
Tim, I put a friend into your speakers as a starter system...they are 4 ohm, so, yeah, they could use some drive, but thinking they necessarily need SS or 200W is, um, well...If you've had tubes 14 yrs, then I would strongly advise that you look t... 
Tube Rolling with the Line Magnetic 518 IA
845 - Psvane12AX7s - Mullard ECC83, long plate, goal post getter with code f91 on tube (about 1958), about $200 - 250 for a good matched pair on ebay from a good seller.6L6/KT66: original (not reissue) Genalex, matched pairs $300 - 400 on ebay (a ... 
Best 300B SET
Charles1: I agree, the AirTight is hard to move away from. It's very dynamic - for a low-powered SET, and that's a hard-to-get-quality in such an amp - but I've always thought that it lacked a certain low-level nuance in the mids, some subtle harm... 
Best 300B SET
Johnk/Sounds-real....if you've heard the LM mono 300B amps, I would LOVE to hear your impressions...I run an AirTight ATM300 8W SET (WE300B newer production, Genalex GL B749 drop ins for 12AU7s, RCA red label, grey plate 12BH7s & 1940s JAN RCA... 
Preamp for Aesthetix / Atma-sphere
On the 12BH7s, 1950's Brimars are recognized as the best, maybe followed by RCA white label 1950s D-getters...but I have both and still find the RCA red label, grey plates to be best. All, of course, is contextual (my relative context being a AirT...