effischer

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Possible turntable upgrade....
A bit late to the party here, but I have direct experience with the Graham Phantom on a SOTA Sapphire.  IMO, it is one of the most synergistic combinations available at any price.  The arm is exceptionally well-suited to the table and the table is... 
Klipsch Heresy II Special Ed VS. Vandersteen 2c
Proof is in the listening.  Try the Heresys with the Fisher and see if you like them (tubes are the only way to go with Heresy).  Be aware they are very efficient and not a choice to make neighbors happy in an apartment environment.Good luck &... 
Who needs a tuner?
Very cool - thank you! 
Turntable that will be around heavy foot steps?
A bit late to the thread here, but as others have mentioned, go SOTA.  You will have zero issues with vibration or footfalls.  They are very easy to set up, bullet-proof reliable and can be had brand-new with a top-flight tonearm and cartridge for... 
What do you drive and why?
Finally circling back to the "why" on my wheels.Simple answer:  We drive. A Lot.  A Whole Lot.  The TDI came home on 31 August 2015 and already has 92K+.  The Miata came home on 30 March 2009 and has 105K+.  That's an average of 3000+ miles per mo... 
What do you drive and why?
Will have to follow up with a longer post later; presently here at Super Sebring and enjoying the closing laps of the WEC 1000 mile event.  Here's the list:15 VW Golf SportWagen TDI, daily08 Mazda Miata GT Sport, daily08 Ford Mustang Bullitt, toy1... 
No love for 70's guitar bands?
Be Bob Deluxe.  Bill Nelson made the music magic!  Thanks for the G squared shout out @stevecham ! About as progressive as it gets. I really miss strings ringing like bells in the night.For example: McLaughlin, Holdsworth, DiMeola. Those were spec... 
Your last concert was to see who and when?
Adrian Belew, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH last night.  Second show of this tour, new album just released.  Too much material to cover here, but did a couple of the new tunes, a bunch of stuff from King Crimson's Discipline and Three of a Perf... 
In listening to your system(s)...what is most crucial to your enjoyment?
@bdp24 +1! Your observations on snap, silence and veiling are absolutely spot on. I’ve spent many years building a system that was as transparent as I could make it using my Sheffields as the standard reference measure. When those Harry James trum... 
Best sounding CD (or hi=rez). jazz releases?
Try:The Big Band Hit Parade on Telarc (515760Y), CD from 1988.  Features Brubeck, Calloway, Severinson and more.  Erich Kunsel and the Cincinnati Pops provide the orchestra.  It's my go-to acoustic test CD for horns and I love all of the tunes on ... 
I’m going thru McIntosh he!!
Second for Audio Classics; they're one of the best around for Mc gear.  I have had issues with 2 different Mc A/V items:  An ancient MAC-3 pre/pro and an MVP 881 BR (the 881 saga is in the archives here if you want to look it up).On the MAC-3, I s... 
SS preamps with two XLR inputs and at least four outputs [two of them XLR]
FWIW, the McIntosh C50 features 2 pair of XLR inputs, 7 pair of RCA inputs, 1 pair of MC RCA inputs, 1 pair of MM RCA inputs, 3 pair of XLR outputs, 3 pair of RCA outputs and an RCA external processor loop (1 pair in + 1 pair out).  There are also... 
SS preamps with two XLR inputs and at least four outputs [two of them XLR]
McIntosh offers a number of preamps with XLR in & out.  Keep your eyes peeled for second hand units here or contact Audio Classics for models, features and pricing. 
Experience with United Radio in NY
United Radio has been around forever.  They were authorized warranty service agents for just about everything back in the day:  Grundig, Phillips, Sony, Marantz, Motorola, BSR, Garrard, JBL, Altec Lansing and more.  I haven't had any experiences w... 
Any Sota Sapphire experts out there?
@tomic601 I went with the Series V platter (includes damping), a replacement sapphire bearing (the original in mine was worn out), the subchassis mod and Series V suspension.  Worth every penny!  Mine was done by Kirk (RIP), and he said my Series ...