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Headphones vs speakers….
Listened all night after getting B&W i5 in ear wireless headphones with an Android phone. Being freed from the wire immerses you in a sea of fabulous sound. Sennheiser TW3 if you want more bass at the expense of some transparency compared to t... 
Are There Improvements that Can Be Easily and Quickly Made Without Buying More Stuff?
Remove. Speaker. Grills.  
Songs of debauchery and excess
  Includes Whammer Jammer as in lemme hear ya Dickie!    
Whats playing on your system today?
Cosi. Jochum conducting the Berliners. Streaming on Qobuz to iFi and Campfire in ear speakers.    
Neutral Dac?
Crane Song Solaris Quantum for $2K from Sweetwater. It is the sound of analog which is diff from neutrality which you asked about but you will be totally pulled into the sound. The Nagra HD DAC is neutral based on comparing with master tape but a... 
What selections do you play when showing off your system to others?
It's fascinating what others listen to. I like to look over people's music collections. Once ear opening electronic music. Vy experimental. Vy weird. Planets Mehta LA Phil. 1st track Mars they will feel they're being invaded. And it will sound fa... 
Best sounding CD player
Nagra CD player. Separate transport and DAC which share a power supply. Musical and involving. The sound of analog. The Nagra transport made Burl DAC sound better compared to using Oppo as transport. DAC in the Nagra CD player as good as Nagra H... 
System that sounds so real it is easy to mistaken it is not live
 
Ultrasonic record cleaners
Sanctus from Bach Mass in B Minor conducted by Karl Richter. First clean VPI with Walker 4 step. Second clean Audio Desk. After cleaning with the Audio Desk there is a quantum leap in sound quality compared to the VPI only cleaned record. More ... 
Ultrasonic record cleaners
Cleaned my record collection using a VPI and the Walker Four Step Process. 90% thru discovered that no one does the Fourth Step except maybe Mr. Walker. Sigh. Re cleaned VTL 006 The Doctor with an Audio Desk machine. Played Isn’t She Lovely. Way... 
Great classical pianists
@psf4972  Heard Helene Grimaud play Brahms Piano Concerto Number One in Dallas on Friday 07 October 2022. A stupendous, monumental performance with tremendous accompaniment by the Dallas Symphony conducted by their music director Fabio Luisi. The... 
Using battery power to go off the City's power grid
One datapoint. Clean power matters based on use of NBS power cords which prompted even my audio hating x to ask What did you do?  Things that made no difference either way in The. System. That. Time. Forgot. They did not make things worse. They ... 
Best DACs under $7,000.00
Crane Song HEDD Quantum gets you very close to the Nagra HD DAC X at a street price of 4299. Seductive analog sound from both units with the Nagra just a bit smoother. Eye opening to see all the DAC's recommended. Pitily haven't compared the Cran... 
Does the Eminent Technology 2.5 arm work well with the Transcriptors Reference turntable?
Brooks continued to race cars after he got into hi end audio. His widow runs his shop Brooks Berdan Ltd. still in Monrovia at the same location. His son Brian Berdan started his own hi end shop Audio Element in Pasadena California. Bruce Thigpen i... 
What are/were the best sounding cheap components you have ever had?
Eminent Technology LFT 8 speakers. $750 a pair direct from manufacturer. They need big power so you’re gonna spend on the power amps. Used Studer A80 two track quarter inch $2000. Back when analog tape recorders were being dumped. Prolly the pric...