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Amps and Preamps has standby, but should I turn them completely off?
I turn off my preamp and cd player, but leave my mono amps on all the time. The reason is that keeping the amps on causes a small amount of current to go to the speakers and acts as a 'sealing current' to the connections. The mono amps do not run ... 
What has your audiophile experience taught you about yourself?
It is hard to explain how much enjoyment I have had from this hobby. It has brought me closer to great music and it has been a fifty year journey that lives on. I am thankful to have had the opportunity and means to put together systems that have ... 
Your single favorite component
Dunlavy speakers (have almost all of them) still remain the standard by which I judge all other contenders. 
Has there been any inexpensive item that enhanced your system's sound?
There are quite a number of very effective tweaks. Of these, I believe the Schumann resonance devices have made the most dramatic positive improvement. 
Upgrade path
I have a set of the Dunlavy SC-IVs along with about every other Dunlavy model that was ever made. Yes, going to larger Dunlavys will give you more bass foundation, but (loving clean deep bass as I do) I have still felt compelled to add subwoofers.... 
AUdio research ... good price?
I've owned a lot of ARC gear through the years and all of it sounded really good. The only fault I could find was in demoing the next generation and making the comparison. I enjoyed my first ARC system as much as any of the later versions which co... 
Subwoofer
It depends!!!!   If the sub is quick/fast, as with the better sealed subs, then yes definitely. If the sub is sluggish, as with many ported subs, then the system can become a 'muddy mess'.Either way, however, it requires some patience and experime... 
Wilson Sasha 1
I have experimented through the years with adding high quality subs to systems that already seem to have sufficient bass. In most cases I found that not only does the bass improve, but there seems to be a 'lifting -of-the veil' so to speak in the ... 
Who are the most underground high-end companies
Enlightened Audio Design (EAD), Dunlavy, SVS just to mention a few. 
Have you ever spoken with a designer or audio engineer
Bill Johnson, Jeff Rowland, John Dunlavy and even Paul Klipsch; is that enough name dropping?? All with the same passion to bring the live event into your living room, but with very different ideas on how to make it happen. 
Best SACD/CD player
The Marantz SA11-S3 is a very fine unit and has become my personal reference source. In another system I have a vintage Enlightened Audio Designs (EAD) Ultradisc 2000 which in combination with Jeff Rowland equipment is intoxicatingly beautiful. I ... 
Soliciting Upgrade Advice
John Dunlavy passed away a few years ago and his company, which he had sold a couple of years before, regrettably went out of business. He left behind, however, a legacy of amazing speaker designs which have held up against the mega-$$$ speakers s... 
Soliciting Upgrade Advice
The used Dunlavy speakers continue to be the 'greatest bargains in all of high-end audio'. For 5K the SC-V(s) are well within reach which can truly compete with the super-speakers you mentioned. 
why do people feel the need to buy expensive cable
Early on I did a 'cable shootout' with some loaner cables and was impressed with Audio Magic. Since then I have worked up through their food chain as great deals became available. Each time I went to a higher level the improvement was unarguably t... 
Does anyone else think this
It's a big world and audio does not necessarily revolve around the U.S.A.. There will always be a niche for the ultimate in anything. Physics dictate that some aspects of audio reproduction must be of a certain size for it to function properly. I'...