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SET the best?
I learned the lesson of speaker efficiency a long time ago. When I hear systems that have low efficiency speakers and a high power amp, they sound 'little' compared to what I'm used to... 
Is VTA and SRA the same thing?
One thing to keep in mind- the SRA at 92 degrees is an average. In reality the mastering engineer didn’t set the cutter stylus that way. He set it up so it would cut a silent groove. The cutter stylus only goes about 10 hours, then you have to rem... 
Matching fully balanced with unbalanced.
BTW, that opamp chops a full audio sign-wave into a negative and a positive, Huh?? No it doesn't. An opamp has two inputs, inverted and non-inverted, and otherwise is a DC coupled amp with very high gain. for audio purposes, to control the gain a... 
Are tubes really “warm”?
Tubes and analog seem to be more ambient. This is euphoric and not necessarily accurate, a very old argument. This is all about that first watt, where low level detail resides. Its not about euphonic character, just more accurate- and since there ... 
What does a tonearm contribute to the sound of a turntable?
What's old is new again? 
SET the best?
I think a low sensitive speakers fashion is a huge delusion of Hi-End market .I totally agree!This drives my 99db Heresy IIIs to as loud as I need to hear 'em with plenty of headroom left.Its this phenomena of *sounding* loud that's what I'm t... 
Thoughts about buying a Bedini 100
Bedini amps are solid state. But they are pretty nice sounding as solid state goes. I recommend you get the filter capacitors in the power supply replaced before pressing them into service! 
Why don’t tube amps sound like tubes anymore?
I have heard sometime ago that the reason older tube amps sound so tubey is due to higher levels of distortion when compared to newer designs. This is partially true. Its the 2nd and 3rd harmonics that are in question- together with a lack of hig... 
Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
From what I understand, upgrading the crossover makes a marked difference to their sound quality?Yes- replacing the non-polar electrolytic in the crossover with a film cap, which is easy to do. The Optimus Pro LX-4 looks interesting too. I'll loo... 
Tubed Monos for Focal Aria 948s
Ah. Well if you ever do get a tube amp, try both the 4 and 8 ohm taps and see which works best over a variety of material.  
SET the best?
@luisma31   Yes.The loudness cues to which I was referring are the higher ordered harmonics- the 5th and above. The human ear uses these harmonics to sense sound pressure. But it also assigns a tonality to any distortion- the higher orders cause b... 
Technics or Thorens, need suggestions
The SP 10 is 0.015%. If you think you can hear the difference then you need to take Michael Fremer's place on the staff of Stereophile. @mijostyn  Certainly you don't hear that in terms of pitch. But as the machine speeds up and slows down, it ca... 
Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
If you can find a set of Radio Shack Minimus 7s, they work great for this sort of thing. There are some nice mods you can do them to wake them up. The early ones are apparently the ones to look out for. If sunbleached the woofer will be white inst... 
Balanced But Not Fully Balanced
My question though: Is it typically a tip-off that a component is NOT fully balanced if the XLR input or output connectors for left and right channel are close to one another on one side of the component (say both on othe right side, rear facep... 
Are integrated amps technically better than separates?
Would you fill in some of the details of what you know about power cords? You've told us that a power cord that's not up to the job is going to hurt the sound, but what are the basic requirements for an adequate power cord? One that will not ...