audioguy85

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Basic integrated amp for $700-$900
Marantz pm8006 can be had new on sale between 900 and 999, retail 1199. Its a great sounding amp with a neutral presentation. All analog and only avail in black in the US however.  
Separate Phono Pre - $$ before I will hear a SIGNIFICANT difference vs. integrated?
I'm pleased with my musical fidelity lx lps. Bought for only 199 on sale from 500 bucks closeout....best 199 I ever spent.  
what is it in audio that you dislike most?
The high and mighty snobs that berate those that can’t afford $10k Magico speakers...and then private message them to continue to make said person feel like a loser.... 
Auditioned Magico A3 - VERY DARK...
I'll keep my $449 pair of wharfedale 225's, thanks...my god 10k for a pair of speakers, I'd have a pretty tough time convincing wife on these. .not that I'm foolish enough to spend 10k on anything audio wise. Imo a huge waste of money.  
My Triad of Integrateds
The seldom mentioned (for reasons beyond me) Marantz products, particularly their reference line.Pm 14s1 or older pm 15s1....$3000, or for under $1500, not much can touch the rogue sphinx v2 in my opinion. For $1200 you should listen to the Marant... 
Music Direct - Audio Hardware Seller?
Only good things to say here...I've bought all kinds of things from them, including records and equipment and always find them to be pleasant and very helpful. You can't beat their occasional 36 month 0 % financing program through synchrony bank. ... 
The longest you have owned any gear?
My aiwa ad f770 cassette deck, since 1983 to present. It still works as good as day one, with a new set of  belts. Second I guess would be 2 of the many tuners I own. The marantz st6000 and the cambridge t500. 
How many turntable’s have you owned?
1. A denon dp37f direct drive2. Music hall mmf73. Thorens td240-24. Pro-ject the classic sb superpack walnut5. Pro-ject the classic eucalyptus 6. Technics (unknown model) dd**The only one's I do not own currently are the denon & technics.  wis... 
A new turntable under 500-700euros
I second the butcher block acoustics, I have the 1 3/4 inch walnut version with the rubber cone adjustable feet. $100 bucks money well spent. Not sure how OP has his turntable mounted, but I would recommend a turntable shelf. I use the apollo stee... 
A new turntable under 500-700euros
Hana el cartridge combined with the musical fidelity lx lps phono stage with a selection of loading plugs included on sale for $199 right now. The lx lps is normally $500.....yes the hana is $475, but worth every penny, and yes it’s an elliptical,... 
Another Cart opinion thread....
I own the original mmf7 with original eroica h cartridge. It’s a fabulous table. It was in storage for many years and recently brought it back out and it plays like day 1. My recommendation, as another said, is to maybe replace the preamp. I highl... 
Original Blue Notes vs Reissues
Just to add, most of the "sealed" records I have bought have corner cuts, punch holes etc...and are most likely bought up old store stock nos records that did not sell. I don’t care if the titles are not mainstream or on the "TAS" list or even if ... 
Original Blue Notes vs Reissues
Well I’ll take my chances, they do exist....I can tell if they have been played before reasonably well upon unsealing.....I have only been burned twice on a sealed record and both times I returned them for refunds....we are not talking about major... 
Original Blue Notes vs Reissues
I buy sealed original issue lp’s on Ebay mostly. There is a seller on there right now that has listed over 800 sealed older records. I just bought 24 of them for $398 bucks. To me it was a bargain. I once bought 10 sealed original issue julie lond... 
Best cheapo Cartridge
Sumiko moonstone mm cartridge $299Audio technica at f7 mc cartridge $250I'll be grabbing both, just because I can lol...but seriously, both well reviewed and pretty cheap for what you get. Fremer loved the sumiko and what hifi gave the AT 4 out of...