bigkidz

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How come Horn + woofer designs are not more popular?
I built a few custom horn speakers and used Sony Alnico woofers (only 2 pair in the USA).  I bi-amped them with custom tube mono-block amps that I built (1.5 watts) to drive the horns.  They sounded amazing but they wee large so no WAF.  I never c... 
"You cannot handle the truth"
I recently learned my lesson buying used gear.  So from now on I am asking many questions about the items I may buy.  Repair history, number of owners, and issues at all, etc.I don't care shy someone is selling unless the item was not reliable or ... 
Trouble joining "Insider"?
@geoffkait I am voting you in as the first president of the club!Enjoy the emails now! 
Preventive maintenance or wait till it breaks?
Since I have repaired many products over the past 20 years, the majority of issues are not from the capacitors but mainly from circuit boards.  They become brittle and the solder traces begin to break.  So repairing that issue means running jumper... 
Used DACs in the 10k range
I will be doing just that next weekend I hope, that is comparing a $10K DAC to one.  We will also be compare a CEC to the Jay's Audio Transport so we will have a better handle on how each one works with the different transports.  I will keep you p... 
YBA PRODUCTS
I visited a person who had a YBA CDP.  It sounded very musical. I began to look into one (old models now) and he told me that he had nothing but issues with the unit.  My research also turned up the same (CDPs only).  So do your homework.  From wh... 
Trying to reduce noise while listening to tube phono
Just buy my phono so quiet!  LOL!Happy Listening. 
Alert, Warning, and Caution about Modified Components
Thank GOD my 401K plan is up significantly.  No more modifications for me.  Just paying retail now! 
Take up drums at age 56?
I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drums all day!56, you are a youngster!  Go get a set and play all day!Happy Drumming! 
Price vs performance
Not sure what the objective of this thread is.  I have heard systems of vintage gear purchased at a estate sale sound better than systems costs much more.  So what?  It all comes down to what you prefer.Plus there a variables as staged above with ... 
At what point is an external D/A converter warranted or beneficial
If I was in your shoes, I would go to my local audio dealer and see what he or she offers for digital playback.  A buddy of mine recently took home an Electrocompeniet CDP and he was very please with it after multiple CDP attempts.  External DACs ... 
Which transport with my Jay's Audio DAC?
@zimmerma - we did no prefer the Nuprime as a transport. We felt that that one in particular was very open with nice details but it was one of the transports that lot the musicality.  It was an interesting unit though. The details it presented at ... 
Which transport with my Jay's Audio DAC?
The differences are not substantial but here goes.  The 44 was the most musical so I call it hearing the wood of the instrument like stand up bass or piano.  The other settings offered a little more detail and more resolution but it is only slight... 
Which transport with my Jay's Audio DAC?
I owned the NANO transport.  For the $400 bucks I paid for the new unit, it was not embarrassed by my favorite transport the Audiomeca.  It was excellent for $400.  The different samples had an improvement but not worth worrying about.  I am hopef... 
Moderately priced audio
@schmitty1 - think about this.  If you pop open any one of your components and see what is inside you will see that the moderately priced gear is not much different than the higher priced gear.  You can do many things yourself to upgrade a compone...