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Very sad and very unusual but at the same time very surreal and poignant RIP David Olney
One of the best and most under recognised (at least broadly) songwriters out there - so many great songs I'd forgotten and am reminding myself of but that's a great legacy 
Audio Research Ref 10 vs 40th Anniversary preamp
@tomic601 I changed from Magico Q3s to M3s -- the latter are much more even and rounded sounding and in combination with the ARC house sound was a bit too lush and enveloping -- the VTL was a better fit -- see my system description if you want mor... 
Speaker Isolation -- Experience with Townshend Seismic Isolation Podiums
@david_ten you can use the spikes to raise the speaker as needed -- the platform is sturdy albeit it scratches quite easily  
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
For those interested in how and why a preamp may best the dCS Vivaldi direct (which is certainly my experience) I refer you to this threadhttps://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/running-dcs-vivladi-directand now on to the real comparison ... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
How much time will you spend to optimise filter selection on each DAC? I’d suspect changing a filter will be more dramatic than changing between DACs. And of course without optimized power cords, footers and interconnects you are hearing a fractio... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
Re dCS Vivaldi -- as the owner of a (now 5 box with a 10Mhz clock) Vivaldi stack I would never give up on a CD transport source - I personally don't do any streaming but the real strength to me of a Vivaldi stack is what it pulls out of CDs. There... 
Playing mono records properly without breaking the bank - a phono pre-amp question.
Setting aside whether or not there is a technical advantage to a true mono cartridge over a stereo one the real point here is that if you are going to the trouble of creating a second dedicated mono setup then this is a real chance to choose the f... 
Playing mono records properly without breaking the bank - a phono pre-amp question.
@lubachl regarding your experience comparing playback on your existing stereo MC with a cheaper mono cart. I suspect a lot of what you are hearing is the differences in carts. In my setup I have a pretty expensive stereo cart (AS Palladian) and an... 
New Tweak --- Its Fantastic
@andera because it’s (pm) hidden on the “marketplace feedback” tab, go figure 😀 
Help!! Bought Rega TT in the UK and now cant use it in the U.S.
No, it will need 50Hz. You can buy frequency converters but they start at USD1k (http://www.gohz.com/frequency-converter?specs=3,19,21) ... one option would be to buy a Japan spec Neo Rega PSU and a US to Japan step down ... but will likely still ... 
Bloom air around instruments
Firstly it has to exist on the recording -- minimally miked recordings of acoustic instruments in defined spaces are bestSecondly careful control of room acoustics to manage reflections and let you hear through to the original recording Thirdly ca... 
Review Audioquest Hurricane (part 2)
@riie they simply pass through what’s in the rest of the chain, ie they won’t mask it but nor will they emphasise it. Sibilance is natural and present in many recordings and the hurricane series from AQ do a great job of preserving the natural sou... 
[Just for fun] Favorite Thread Derailleurs
My favourite derailleur is of course the Raymond Bon Spirax ... but of course it depends oil your system :-) 
$30K DAC in a $70K system - wise or ridiculous?
@david_ten as I don't currently use streaming in my system I'm not best positioned to comment. To me my CD player system (five boxes) is a source. I guess my only observation would be that were I to add a streaming solution it might be from Taiko ... 
$30K DAC in a $70K system - wise or ridiculous?
In my opinion a very sensible idea -- I subscribe to the "source first" system building philosophy and have a third of the cost of my system in sources, and only 10% for the speakers -- if your speakers work for you in your room then upgrading the...