don_c55

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What a pile of Schiit
Excellent products and service. Can not beat the price and quality! I owned the Bi-Frost Multibit, and have in use, the Gungnir, and Less is more YGGY. All excellent! The complaints about Schiit are nonsense!  
Has anyone experimented with the sweet spot weights of the Zyx Airy # S cartridge ?
ZYX recommends 2.0 grams. That is what I have found works best.  
Audiophile virtues
You are right Harley is a shill for the high end, just as all reviewers in the absolute sound magazine are.Ignore them and listen to other audiophile friends systems, and them make your own choices we al have different tastes in equipment and soun... 
Magnepan service shut down
Lots of audio companies are in temporary dire straits due to Covid and supply chains drying up.Hold Tight!  I am surprised, that no big name, but very small company, has not gone belly up yet. 
What do audiophiles do in their cars?
I listen to a 64GB usb stick with low rez copies of my cd collection, and FM.Good enough on my premium stock Subaru Outback system. 
Are Quicksilver power tube amps in the same league as VAC, VTL, BAT, ARC, ...?
Yes!  I have friends that own Quicksilver power amps and the build quality, and sound is as good as ARC , VTL, etc! 
Electrostatic headphone amplifier recommendation
I use my Stax SR L700 ($1500) with a Stax SRM 006s driver ($1300) using NOS RCA clear top tubes, and get great results.I used to own a Stax SR 009 headphone, but that was too overly detailed, and "bright " for my tastes. I have heard very expensiv... 
SPL meter results relative to Magnepan's (supposed?) craving for power/current
An ambient noise level of 40 dB is very high!My ambient noise level is 28 to 33 dB.My Magnepan 3.6 "wakes up" at at around SPL peaks of about 75 dB.But that depends on amplifier quality, A very high quality power amp can sound very good, late at n... 
Two new Schiit Yggdrasil's released yesterday!
The Schiit trial of 15 days is way too short to fully break in their DACs and realize the long term sound quality. I have 2 Gumby Multibit 5 DACs, and both took a good 4 weeks to settle in, before they sounded their best. 
Two new Schiit Yggdrasil's released yesterday!
Tvad,What did you not like about the sound of your Yiggy? Were unrefined highs a lack of detail or what?What DAC did you change to and how much did it cost? 
Critical listening and altered states
"Thinking is the best way to travel!"In search of the lost chord  --- The Moody Blues 
Pass Labs Xa60.8 Class A or should it be called class A/B?
All ‘class A’ power amps transition to A/B at high levels!Nothing sinister going on here. 
Best kept secret in AC line filtering conditioning
Chang Lightspeed line filtersmade a huge difference in my audio and video playbacktry the CLS 709 for about $1300changlightspeed.com 
Alternate screw down clamp for VPI Aries
Buy the VPI stainless steel clamp.Heavier than the Derain clamp and sounds better.It is a screw down clamp. 
Do you all agree when Prince said the 60s, 70s and 80s were the golden ages of music?
I would say the late 50's, 60's and 70's .... stereo analog LP era.I can not stand Prince by the way.