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shibata or microline, pls respond ONLY if you specifically have tried both.
I've had both and I always seem to prefer the shibata. I like the presentation better. The shibata will be a little less friendly to surface noise in my experience. 
Phono Preamp Tube Rush
dhcod, It would take a severely defective tube to cause a 25% decrease in sound quality. That would completely depend on what a person enjoys in their listening and their associated equipment. Maybe I was being a bit hyperbolic but I just wasn't e... 
Phono Preamp Tube Rush
FYI, When I had my VTPH-2a I noticed no difference in noise between the lowest noise new stock tubes and NOS telefunen 12ax7s and Mazda 12 AT7s. I had the version with the 2 12ax7s and 3 12AT7s. I loved this unit and compared it to a few others th... 
Phono Preamp Tube Rush
I have used super low noise new stock tubes from Kevin at Upscale. I got a 10-20% improvement in noise and a -25% penalty in sound quality from the NOS smooth plate Telefunken 12ax7s and the Brimar 13D5s that I prefer. Lots of tradeoffs in this ho... 
Phono Preamp Tube Rush
Thanks for the helpful responses!  Thanks mulvely and daveyf especially because I think our experiences are similar. I do listen to my Harbeth M30.1s in the near field which I'm now realizing is another factor.  
What's a really great Streamer/DAC box for just streaming Tidal?
Thanks, yeah the aesthetic is super important since it's in our main living space, hence the need for a one box solution.  
What's a really great Streamer/DAC box for just streaming Tidal?
Thanks for the suggestions, even the dealers! I never understood why people think their input isn't valid. They carry the products because they sell and they sell because they are good and customers are happy with them, right? At least that's what... 
Anyone upgrade from a Loricraft to ultrasonic record cleaning?
Thanks! This looks like some great reading and could be a project that I'd really enjoy.  
Anyone upgrade from a Loricraft to ultrasonic record cleaning?
I do if it makes them quieter.  
What just happened to accepting Paypal?? looks like they are trying to drive us away
Same issue. Moving on to another site. Too much trouble (the "find your merchant ID" thing didn’t work) and they are probably just setting up an increase in fees for "businesses" in the future. Honestly Audiogon is hosting way too many dealer ads ... 
The best looking speakers
Harbeths but that depends on your decor. In our kinda modern loft sort of place, the M30.1s are gorgeous, especially on thin stands like the old Foundation. That said, I think the best looking speaker of all time is the original Quad ESL, loved by... 
Small Floorstander?
A lot of great ideas! I’ve got listening sessions scheduled for this and next weekend. Thanks! 
What's a real good arm for a Decca Cartridge?
I would guess around 26g.Here's a weird one. I swapped out the 3" maple shelf I had installed on my wall shelf just a month ago and went back to the 1/2" maple shelf I was using before and it has only misracked once since then in two days of liste... 
What's a real good arm for a Decca Cartridge?
Thanks for all the info! I've got a test record on the way and I'll add even more mass to my Fidelity Research headshell. I've been lining the inside of the headshell with the lead tape that is normally used for golf and tennis equipment. That has... 
Forever turntable under $2000
Used Well Tempered Simplex. I had some really nice pretty expensive tables before it. LP12, Amazon 2, Mitchel Orbe. Simplex was better than all of them and super easy to set up.