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NOS tube alternatives for Herron VTSP 3A r02
Do what Keith says and tweak something else in your system if you need to scratch that itch. 
Review: Linear Tube Audio Z10 Integrated Amplifier
Great read--thanks for taking the time to share your impressions of the new LTA integrated. As an owner of the ZOTL Ultralinaer, I was nodding my head all the way through. The LTA/Berning partnership is bringing to the music loving population worl... 
Daedalus Audio Apollo Speakers
Initially, I used some rubber feet on the bottom of the Apollo's so that I could move them about to dial in the best position in my listening room. As I said, I don't have a lot of space to play with so there was very little moving going on--a sli... 
Speakers under $50k that rival $200k+ speakers?
Daedalus Zeus--heard them at 2018 CAF after spending ten painful minutes in the big VAC/Von Schweikert room (was it $1 million?). The Zeus don't bring bling or boom but the the sound is effortlessly enjoyable and right up there with the best I hav... 
3 great tube preamps. Which would you purchase?
J: Cool! Let us know how you like. I was going to recommend Keith's interconnects but you beat me to it. For the money, a no brainer. I heard them in my system and they are very good--you would have to spend lots of money to do a little better. Ch... 
3 great tube preamps. Which would you purchase?
You may also want to check out the Herron VTSP-3A or VTSP 360. I would describe the sound the way jtcf describes the LTA, which I have heard and is excellent. To the Herron I would add impeccable timing--the PRaT factor is very high and the dynami... 
Cartridge Recommendation for VPI Prime
Suggestion: Do the amp and speaker upgrade first and then come back to the cartridge. You don't really know what you are getting from the Soundsmith with the electronics and speakers you are using. Once you have settled on speakers you like and co... 
The Harbeth phenomenon
Seanheis1--I love Harbeth's but agree with you, they are not the most dynamic or agile speakers. That's why I moved to Daedalus--the accurate tone and midrange purity of Harbeth with greater speed and dynamic capability. 
Home demo. ProAc D48R and Spendor D9
Seadog: Coming in at the end of this and maybe you have already made your choice but from the perspective of somebody just picking up the thread and reading from the top it seems clear to me that neither of these speakers are really the whole pack... 
New Feikert Volare
Finally got a chance to hear the Volare/Origin Live Silver combination. First, the fit and finish of this table is superb, as is the appearance. This is a very well designed, attractive, reasonably-sized turntable that looks and plays well with th... 
Anyone hear the SS Paua Mk.II ES yet?
Me too. I spoke with Peter at CAF and he talked about the way the new body style does a better job directing energy away from the stylus tip. I'd be really interested to hear from folks who upgraded within the same model and what they discovered. 
What do you think of your Soundsmith Cartridge
Using a MIMC Star which replaced an ART 9, both of which I compared to a Ortofon Quintet Black in a review of sorts posted here a while back ("3 Cartridges Reviewed")--Can't do a link for the moment from this computer. While I have always felt tha... 
Is a PTP Solid 12 (Lenco) worthy of a $5k cartridge
Pani--this is an interesting topic and one that I have spent some time exploring. I have heard first hand the uniquely satisfying presentation of an idler table but have been reluctant to pursue one for several reasons. One concern is that most of... 
What are the best speakers you have ever owned and why?
The Daedalus Apollo's I recently got are far and away the best speakers I've owned. Others that stand out in my long journey are the Spendor SP-100s and Harbeth Compact 7s that got so much right and played well with the different amps I threw at t... 
I want to be moved and have the music touch my soul!
Have you considered adding a vinyl front end to your system? Generally speaking, I am much less engaged by digital formats and playback methods. The simple, physical act of playing LPs as well as their (generally) superior sonics adds much to my o...