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The Absolute Sound vs Pleasing Sound
Live music is quite variable in its experience just as our systems are.  I have been to hundreds of live musical events in my 30 years of adulthood.  Sitting high up in the nose-bleed of a 20,000 arena listening to a band plan is more about being ... 
Wanting to try a tube amp.
I haven't heard one myself but have a good friend that says the REF75 is a very special amp,  Read all the reviews and you will find how amazed people are of the output and sound from that amp.  Now with the REF80 out, maybe prices will fall below... 
rule of thumb: how long do you leave a tube preamp on versus turning it off then back on?
I have had the exact same thoughts as you, OP.  I read through the posts and didn't feel anyone actually addressed your question.  If I am hearing you correctly, this is the scenario.You have had your stereo on for whatever amount of time listenin... 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
I am happy to have the recent addition of a streamer to make checking out this music so simple!  Lars Erstrand and Four Brothershttps://www.discogs.com/Lars-Erstrand-And-Four-Brothers-Lars-Erstrand-And-Four-Brothers/release/3568... 
Better Records White Hot Stampers: Now the Story Can Be Told!
I have not tried one of Tom's records but may one day.  I do believe in this but not sure the cost is worth it to me.  Michael Fremer has a video from a couple years ago at a conference where he explained this.  The primary example is for Columbia... 
Open Letter To REL, SVS, Hsu, etc., et al
I love my subs with my 2-channel system.  I am limited to their locations and have Dr. Hsu's original design, the passive cylinders.  It has a fixed crossover point that is selected by changing out modules in a circuit board accessed from a back p... 
Audiophile Fuses: Helpful or "Snake Oil"?
I haven't ever been able to tell a difference with cable either.  I have only used entry level MIT($50 IC)and upgraded to Audioquest($200-300 IC).  I admit this was purely aesthetic and just because I enjoy buying stuff for my stereo.  My local de... 
Which speakers did you find bright, fatiguing or just disappointing in some way?
Focal 1038Be I spent about a month or so and they never felt relaxed enough. My former speakers of 15 years have an aluminum tweeter and now I have the Wilson Sophia 1 with titanium.  I suppose the beryllium isn't for me. 
For those that use an external DAC with node 2i
Everyone has confirmed the importance of the DAC as well as the vast range of quality across all the options available.  I tried the Vault 2 a couple years ago when I had ARC separates.  I could only go analog out of the BS into my preamp and was ... 
will changing to solid-state make the bass in my wilson sophias better at low volume?
...I wanted to clarify and add on a bit more to my previous post. I initially listened to the Sophias with all those amps without the subs with great bass impact.  I had listened to my previous floor standing speakers with B&K and Parasound am... 
will changing to solid-state make the bass in my wilson sophias better at low volume?
I have Sophia 1s and have had them paired only with ARC tubes with excellent bass response.  I went through a few different separates systems with a pair of Classic 120s and then a REF 150.  The REF 150 improved the bass response slightly over the... 
Best music in 2020
Here are my top 2020 releases that I acquired last year.  The pandemic had me enjoying music on a daily basis.  I invested more in my system and collection than ever before.  Charles MingusMingus Ah Um - MoFi UD1SSuperb SQ Tom Petty Wildflowers &a... 
Best of the best Integrated amps in 2018
I never thought I would be engaging a thread on integrated amps, but I am excited to be doing so.  I am an Audio Research fan and built my separates system over the past 3 years to finally have a REF lineup:  REF 3 linestage, REF 2 PHONO & REF... 
Does Anyone Think CD is Better Than Vinyl/Analog?
@mijostyn....being a newbie in the digital realm, I fully acknowledge there is much to learn. I am trusting multiple reviews that the DAC in my integrated is of quality(Audio Research GSi75). My understanding is that the streamer is not significan... 
Does Anyone Think CD is Better Than Vinyl/Analog?
I cannot comment on CD sound, but since you included all digital I can share how my records compare to hi-res streaming.  I abandoned CDs 15 years ago when a friend did some A-B comparisons of a few albums on his system.  We both had decent system...