brauser

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The missing piece
It is my belief and experience that most systems do not perform anywhere near potential because they have not been tweaked out properly. Resonance control, power conditioning, flux reduction, room acoustics, CD/DVD treatment, etc. These are the th... 
Million Dollar Speakers?
I have heard a number of different speakers in the 100K - 500K range at Audio Shows. The electronics and source components were at lest that much again. Sounded great! Did they sound better than systems at less than a tenth the cost? Not convinced... 
What to upgrade first for better sound quality?
Having done some fairly serious auditioning of the MAC MA600, I have concluded that it is a 'mid-fi' product at best. Treat yourself to something from Audio Research, Jeff Rowland, Conrad Johnson, Jadis etc. MACs are built like tanks, but what you... 
What drives your music and live show preference?
I think live music and commercial recorded music are two very different things. I enjoy going to concerts and I enjoy highly synthesized music as well. They don't have to be all that related for me to appreciate them for what they are. 
wattage
All I can say is 'quality over quantity'. In my experience most audiophiles buy a lot more power than what is really needed. Spend the money on what makes your system sound 'good' as opposed to what makes it sound 'loud'. 
Bose 901's with "highend ancillaries"??
I have heard them multiple times with a range of gear. They are not even close to being a high-end speaker. In fact, I would say they are some of the worst speakers I have ever heard in the context of audiophile products. Artificial highs, bloated... 
A visit to the 2015 California Audio Show
I've been to the last few Audio Shows in Denver and the same can basically been said. It's doubtful that I will go again. My personal reference system comprised of former 'all world' components now highly tweaked and set aesthetically in place is ... 
Input on speaker sizing for a lively room.
Your Cantatas are already better than the vast majority of speakers. Match it up with one (maybe two) sealed quality subs and you might never need to look back. Of course, there are the Dunlavy Vs and VIs out there which are still competitive with... 
Magnepan 20.7 - Ten Feet or More Into a Room?
The answer is yes! Bass, however, might be less than satisfying. I've owned Magnepan products and can attest to the improvement that a quality fast/sealed sub can make. 
A sad tale of tube problems...
I have had some expensive tube equipment and similarly priced SS gear. I have been a hobbyist for over 40 years and tube gear sounded better for the first 25 years or so. The last 10 to 15 years have seen SS equipment getting dramatically better t... 
Help - new house - new setup?
I had a room almost the same size in our prior home. I looked at a number of high end speakers including the Whisper. I finally settled on a set of Dunlavy SC-V(s) and have been a dedicated fan ever sense. What the speakers do best is play loud (o... 
amp or preamp to extend upper end
You might want to try a Schumann Resonance device such as the Acoustic Revive RR-777 or the Kemp SR-Plug. I am amazed at how effective these tweaks can be in enhancing the detail and dynamics of even a very good system. Do a search on Audiogon to ... 
dunlavy sc4 vs. Vandersteen 4 speakers
By 'whole room experience', I mean that the Vandersteen design concept is one of having a fairly wide dispersion pattern coming from each speaker. This results in a similar listening experience whether you are centered between the speakers or off ... 
dunlavy sc4 vs. Vandersteen 4 speakers
The Dunlavy(s) are much more directional than the Vandersteen(s). In the sweet seat, the SC-4(s) will outperform the Model 4(s) hands down as far as imaging, tight bass extension and depth. If you are looking for a 'whole room' experience the Vand... 
Does anyone listen to Military Music?
Mceljo...I was a part of the USMA Cadet Glee Club when at West Point. That was 45 years ago. Thanks for the recommendation. A trip down memory lane.