Responses from geof3

Best small, desktop speakers, $500 or under (new or used)
MAudio BX5s while powered, are a great little desktop monitor. Put out a great tight image with impressive low end. Plus, you can add a sub to them if you want. Great bang for the buck for a powered monitor. 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
@spiritofradio... Sonos isn’t THAT bad!? ;-) 
What is up with Audio Research during the pandemic?
Let’s keep the political BS where it belongs... all points of view. This is a HIFI site, not Covid-19 debate squad. As to ARC. They are fine, I spoke with them a few days ago. Give them time. Everything is slower these days... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
King Crimson: In the Court on the Crimson King 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
ELP: Brain Salad SurgeryThe Cars: self titled 
Matching fully balanced with unbalanced.
I prefer the single outs/ins on my system. Long cable runs are not an issue for me, and really the primary reason to run the “balanced” outs/ins is mostly this. Also, as mentioned, few systems are truly “balanced” anyway... 
What Are Your Experiences with Decoupling Products and Your Recommendations?
Yep, Herbie’s slider pucks for me... easy and inexpensive. They just work. 
Who has de coupled their Loudspeakers from the floor ? If so how ?
I’m on tile and use Herbie’s slider pucks. Work a charm. 
RMAF 2020 is Cancelled
This Covid thing is getting out of hand. It really is. So many industries are dying on the vine. To be cancelling that far out, rather than at least trying to reschedule smacks of what is going on in my state (CO). The very simple reality is, we d... 
What Percentage Off Would You Expect to Discount For Open Box Amp with Blemish
If it’s a usually easy selling product you would be lucky to get it much above 20% off. Depends on the blem too.  
@stereo5...  Right? 
Just confused
I wouldn’t spike anything to concrete/tile. I use Herbie’s Audio Lab sliders under my speakers on ceramic tile they work great and you can tweak your speaker position much more easily.  
Catridge for sme 30/2
Don’t worry, an SME 30 is almost plug and play. The table looks complicated, but really isn’t. If your 30 has a V arm just setup as described and it’s actually pretty easy. There aren’t the cart issues that other arms have as the head is not slott... 
Simply looking at something from a different perspective doesn’t make it political. I’m with MC on this. I have suffered real damage from the lockdowns. I’m sure many here have. A pandemic is not political, but it sure can be used to move an agend... 
Do we ask too much of our audio systems?
Having a “system” sound “live” will never happen. It’s more a trek to get the most out of the given recording, whatever the source. No matter the system, it will only produce what information it is given. Good or bad...