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joule electra vs. atma-sphere any input?
Unfortunately, pubul57 passed away sometime ago. He was one of the great contributors to this forum and his presence here is greatly missed.  
Cassette Deck Repair
Roger Modjeski of Music Reference/RAM Tubes (Tube Audio Store) can fix it. He has worked on many different decks including Nakamichi. The shop is in East Bay in San Pablo. The question you need to answer is whether it is worth fixing. In my opinio... 
How much do I need to spend to get a preamp that sounds better than no preamp?
Hi Al, hopefully you already knew this but to be clear I was not attacking you, it was more a reflection of my opinion of Paul McGowan's comments, which I'm not even going to bother to take the time to address. I think George's comment says a lot ... 
How much do I need to spend to get a preamp that sounds better than no preamp?
@georgehifi The direct drive amps I will use won't have output transformers and will put out 5000V to the panels. I've heard them in another system and cannot believe the clarity. It's really scary. Also, good for you for calling out McGowan and t... 
How much do I need to spend to get a preamp that sounds better than no preamp?
I am not sure why I have decided to post on this thread but I figured maybe something I had to say might add some value. I really don’t care why someone might prefer added gain in their system and who might not. Go check out this thread and figure... 
Softone 300b repair
If you are in the Western part of the US, or not afraid to ship, Roger Modjeski at Music Reference can fix it. He actually has people from all over the country send him equipment to repair. 
Are spendor speakers competitive in sound quality to KEF, B&W, ProAC, Audio Physic
Spendor were my first foray into high quality speakers and historically they are a top British speaker manufacturer. I have owned the 3/1, 7/1, and 1/2e (twice) all from the Classic Series of days gone by (versus the Classic Series of today). I wo... 
How good is the Artisan Fidelity Lenco 75??
You could do a lot better than the Joule for a phono stage, especially at the asking price. Take a look at K&K Audio. 
Please Read and express your feelings and opinions....
@analogluvr The TRL and APL HiFi threads focused on their respective digital players/mods, although both made other components. There was bad blood between the two principals of each company, the effects of which trickled down into the fan base. S... 
Please Read and express your feelings and opinions....
It is what it is. I read few things on here anymore and participate in significantly fewer. That being said, those Tekton fan boys have nothing on the TRL vs. APL Hifi fanboy threads. Those threads were legendary and make today's seem tame in comp... 
Music reference/ audio research / vpi
@bdp24 - Roger designs his circuits with various tubes in mind. It's the interaction of the tube within that circuit that allows for his design to achieve the flattest frequency response and lowest distortion possible. So from his design perspecti... 
Music reference/ audio research / vpi
As an FYI, based on what Roger has told me, 6BQ7 tubes haven't been manufactured for a while, so technically they are all NOS. While they are branded as RAM tubes, the stock Roger has are RCA, GE, or Sylvania,  
Music reference/ audio research / vpi
The signal tubes for the RM-200 need to be very carefully matched and balanced for the circuit. Roger is the only one who can get it perfect so you should consider RAM tubes as your source.I work with Roger and am currently using his personal RM-2... 
Lightspeed Attenuator - Best Preamp Ever?
Well I see no reason why either of those sources would pose a problem for the Lightspeed. Glad to see the JLTi is still around as well. Listened to one a while back and enjoyed it quite a bit. Great bang for the buck. 
Lightspeed Attenuator - Best Preamp Ever?
@chakster, what phono sources would you be using? I think this will have some bearing on the result. I have heard the B1 but have not been able to compare it to my Lightspeed. I have compared my Horn Shoppe Truth buffered preamp to the Lightspeed ...