dorkwad

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If I wished to upgrade my cables, in which order would you place these in terms of impact?
JSB,I'm going to give you the current best sounding cables in each category that I either own because of trial and error, hearing at friend's systems, or recommendations from listener's whose likes are similar to mine--clarity, dynamics, tone of r... 
Perfect Pop Songs
She's Not There--the ZombiesSpooky--Classics FourCome Softly To Me--the FleetwoodsWalk On By--Dionne Warwick 
Perfect Pop Songs
Janis Ian songs on her earlier albums are very well recorded and the music is very nice.  Rickie Lee Jones' first album titled the same is just fantastic sounding and musically.Bob 
Still Need Help
I have a very heavy TT--Lenco w/ Pete Riggle Woody arm.  I get no howling or feedback when playing records.  The TT weighs about 115 lbs. and sits on a Star Sound Sistrum rack's points.  There are 2 other components that are on shelves on that rac... 
What kind of listening chair
I'll second MC's post.  Headrest should be lower than your ears, otherwise, go for support and comfort--fabric would be better than leather or vinyl for less sound rebound.  Bob 
What did your system look like 30 years ago?
mapman,Philips GA-212.  Had one in a pretty bad system--that was my best piece.Bob 
What did your system look like 30 years ago?
Allison Ones, Audible Illusions 2D, Kenwood KD-500 TT, Grace G-707 arm, Dynavector MR 23 Ruby, Premier head amp, oak plywood rack, Monster cable SC, Audiquest Ruby ICs, Mod Squad 405 amp, Dual C-901 cassette. The analog setup was used for 13 years... 
For auld lang syne, ..high-end companies you really liked that are gone....
VMPS speakers, Tube Research Labs, Grace arms and cartridges, Dayton-Wright speakers, Dahlquist speakers, Design Acoustics speakers, Ariston turntables, Beveridge speakers, Maplenoll TT/arms...I owned a few of these at different times and still ha... 
Pure tube phono preamp
Aural Thrills Audio ’The Beast’ has only tubes used and is similar in design to the TRL DUDE preamp in build--huge chassis, huge power supply, 9 tubes used vs. 5 in the DUDE. Will quietly do LOMC down to .4 mv. He built this unit using the best so... 
Recommendation for a replacement speaker cable
Under $600, you should at least try Speltz Anticables in your system.  They were the cable that beat all others tried in my system until I hit on a couple that were new like Cerious Graphene Extreme $640 that you can get well under $400 used and A... 
Recommendation for a replacement speaker cable
At under $100, the Speltz Anticables are WAY beyond the others.  I had a hard time beating their sound until I spent $700 on a couple speaker cables.  Even then, parts of the sound were no better with the $700 cables.  Beyond that, you'd have to g... 
An audio rack that really does make a difference.
I was able to mostly buy a used Star Sound Sistrum rack.  The moment I put my components on this, the sound was much more like live music with greater definition and dynamics.  It is a 3 leg rack but you can put 300 lbs. on each shelf.  I had a 5 ... 
SACD player recommendations budget 3k.
I've had the Modwright Sony 9000, MW Sony 9100, and have the MW Sony 5400 Signature Truth still.  All were great sounding but each one is a little better than the previous one.  If you can find a used one out there somewhere, that would be the tic... 
Phonostage recommendations under $3K
Aural Thrills Serenade at $1200 or their absolute best 'the Beast' at $2500 with the best parts used.  The Serenade was the Absolute Sound's s Product of the Year a couple years ago.  The Beast is a very large and even better sounding unit.  Tom K... 
How long can I expect tubes to last on a preamp or MW CD player?
Just spoke with Brent today about the 6SN7 tubes and 5AR4GZ34 rectifier tubes. He seems to be hot on the RCA 6SN7 GT tubes and the Mullard GZ34 tube. I looked up my records in my emails sent and figured out I bought the DUDE in late 2016-early 201...