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Cartridges: Complete Scam?
I apologize for chiming in on this topic so late in the conversation.  IMO the phono cartridge is a major component in how a system sounds.  BUT, the cartridge must be compatible with the tonearm , step up transformer/phono stage and (to a much le... 
Tips on dealing with audio dealers
ivanj wrote: " In the USA all retailers have to be offered the same cost price as a rule by Federal law."What Federal law would that be?  Most states used to have so-called Fair Trade Laws under individual state UCCs, but these have been done awa... 
Ortofon verto step-up any good?
I think that the Ortofon Verto is an excellent, underrated SUT at it's price point.  Like with any SUT, you need to make sure that it is a good match with your cartridge and MM phono stage.  I have a friend who used a Verto with a Dyna XX-2 and it... 
Very Bad purchase from upscale audio Acoustic Zen Adagio
I'm just reading this thread now, and I have to say that I am neither shocked or surprised by rbogartr's experiences with Kevin Deal at Upscale Audio.  Needless to say, I am not a fan and will not do business with Kevin.Several years ago I was int... 
Integrated Amps with Phono for $3000 or less (or separate phono and Integrated)
I am surprised that no one has mentioned the Croft Phono Integrated Amp. Glenn Croft makes a great product in the UK and it's as quiet and sweet as any integrated amp I have ever heard.  The phono stage is very good and is also very quiet.  All fo... 
Luxman CL34: How does it compare today?
The CL34 is a wonderful vintage preamp but, like virtually any piece of vintage gear from the 1980s, will require some attention in order to sound it's best.  All of the caps will almost certainly need to be replaced, as well as the resistors that... 
Search for miracle integrated
It is interesting to see so many well-intended recommendations that seemingly ignore your list of requirements.  There are lots of amps that will meet your stated needs - mostly solid state.  IMO the finest sounding SS integrated amplifier I have ... 
Speaker - Room/size dilemma
The Larsen 8 speakers were designed to work with your's and other room-challenged listening environments.  They work great and sound fabulous.  The only caveat to note vs. your requirements is that the Larsens were designed and work best with plac... 
Ortofon bronze PNP ALERT!!!!!
What the heck is a 2M Silver?  I have never heard of such a beast in the Ortofon stable.In any case, if the cartridge was pre-mounted by the factory then it's probably covered under the turntable warranty.  If it was pre-mounted for you by the dea... 
Audio Research LS15 vs. SP14
I had an LS-15 for years, then upgraded to an LS-25.  The -15 was a good amp for the price, if not a little sterile and on the cooler side.  It did eat tubes, though, as did my PH-3 Plus.  Annual replacements were a must. 
Lyra Delos or Soundsmith Boheme for Space deck/arm
If it were me and if they were within your budget I would recommend either the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze or Black, depending if you wanted more warmth and liquidity or detail. Both of these cartridges mate very, very well with the Fletcher/Nottingham... 
Directional cables - what does that really mean?
Geoffkait said: "The electrons go back and forth, at least somewhat and at very low speed, they are virtually standing still..."So are we to assume you have proven Dr. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle to be invalid? 
What to upgrade first for better sound quality?
Which component you should upgrade first is a hard question to answer because it depends upon several factors, including your assessment of the strenghts and weaknesses of each individual component, recognition of what you are trying to change, an... 
Which cartridge in a Nottingham Analogue?
The late Tom Fletcher, designer of the Nottingham turntables and tonearms, was not a fan of MC cartridges and designed his tonearms to use MM carts. Based on weight, these arms generally work best with cartridges on the higher side of the complian... 
Goertz still the choice with Vandersteen?
I have always been a big fan of the Goertz MI speaker cable, especially with high-powered amps and/or low impedance load requirements. I originally purchased a 20' pair of copper MI3s to use with my Apogee hybrid ribbon speakers and have used them...