Responses from brauser

Crazy to buy a 17 year old CD Player?
I had an ARC CD-2 for several years and enjoyed it the entire time. I have auditioned the subsequent ARC models and have observed the improvement in performance at each level. The ARC CD-2 unit, however, is still relevant in as much as it has a ve... 
Losing Touch
Can only speak for myself and observations of others over time. I enjoy putting mixers/playlists together and sharing with friends and family. There's some excellent music being recorded from Christian artists and I feel the heartfelt dedication c... 
Losing Touch
Well, I've been audiophile for about 50 years now. I'm 'losing touch' with a lot of music I've listened to at various points along the way. As a Christian my interest in music follows along the lines that if Christ was there in the listening room ... 
how is this possible
Been there, done that! One time was enough to learn a needed lesson. 
This is pretty funny and probably true for most of us
My Dunlavy SC-Vs are coffin size already! 
Too Much Power?
If there's a problem, it's that you will be paying for a lot more power than you will ever need. Manufacturers love to make you think that more power is better HI FI. This simply is not true. Some of the best systems are powered by no more that 10... 
Specific Pre-Amp advice
I've had Audio Research preamps and the Jeff Roland Capri. All very good, but not as liquid as the Marantz SC-7S2.  
I need a recommendation for long(er) cables
I have a perfect set of cables in that length if interested. 
Should I upgrade to XLR interconnects?
In a world of thousands of cable choices who can say? My own experience (40+ years) has been that single ended cables sound better in my reference system. 
Been buying and selling on AudioGon for decades and have been scammed twice. First, was a set of relatively inexpensive interconnects that were clearly inferior to what I was using and the manufacturer would not take them back. Fortunately, this h... 
Best Cheap Amps for Magneplanar Speakers
Maggies and ARC gear have been a great match through the years. It was the Tympani 1Cs and ARC tube gear that got me into this hobby...a very long time ago.  
Who would buy a Boulder 3050 amplifier?
Had a chance to spend some time with a full line-up of Boulder components which I think included the 3050's(?). The full set-up retailed somewhere North of 300K. Listened to a lot of my music. I have an ultra high-end 2 channel system at home whic... 
The "Digital" listening experience
PTSS is moving in the right direction with the acknowledgement that to get better sound you have to 'do things' to get there. After being in this hobby for 45+ years I've grown to appreciate how valuable 'patient tweaking' can be whether analog or... 
The "Digital" listening experience
Digital done right is every bit as good or better than analog. Moot point. 
Need Suggestions for speakers up to $15K new/used
Dunlavy Cantata(s) if you are looking for great performance and want to keep about 13K of your budget. Really?? Really!!