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My new review for The Absolute Sound comparing AGD GAN amps with BHK300’s
Good job. A friend of mine brought over a set of Mark 2. Your review is consistent with what I heard. I thought they were very cost effective for their price. While they did not best my Audio Research Reference 160m they were not at all a slouch.   
Burning-in as a non-linear experience
On a related issue. Warm up on the Audio Reseach Reference 5 preamps was very unique. Just turning them on was not enough to get the best sound. A signal running through it was required. It was really obvious. You could turn it on for an hour and ... 
Burning-in as a non-linear experience
Burn in seems to normally be non-linear and varies between components.   A while back I had the experience of breaking in three identical Audio Research Reference 160s amps, without changing anything else in my system. I was very shocked how eac... 
300B SET Amp driving Wilson Sabrinas
I find listening to a good system between 65 and 80db is more than satisfying. The times I have needed higher volumes was when the sound quality was terrible.   If blasting your self silly makes you happy, go for it.  
How do I get a job as a headphone reviewer?
Yeah, you have to watch out for those system upheavals… they can be costly. Last time it happened with me it cost about $10K for my headphone system. That sounds bad… but unfortunately then comparing it to my main system I realized I needed to upg... 
Re: streaming recommendations for newbie
BlueSound is the brand many people begin with. You can get a combined streamer / DAC. I’m sure many folks will jump in on this. You can get streaming to sound as good or better than any other source depending on your investment level (provided yo... 
300B SET Amp driving Wilson Sabrinas
Hearing damage can result in less than an hour at 95db. CDC  
Long run XLR cables
Typically the quality of the interconnects is more important than whether XLR or single ended, provided your components don’t strongly favor (sound better) one connection type. It can be cost effective to use RCA.   Mogami are widely regarded as... 
If you have a nice system why do you really need room treatments?
OP,   I noticed you start a lot of discussions. But do not have your system shown. It would be very helpful to see your system.  
How do I get a job as a headphone reviewer?
I was thinking about your question and realized that headphone reviews are all about the equipment you to drive them. So, I went to see your virtual system. Surprisingly, there isn’t one. I would start there. Let’s see it and maybe a summary of ho... 
Buying Used Speakers
I am more conservative than some. If I purchased used I would purchase from a company like Echo ( I personally know these guys… the are upfront and would never sell anything that was not up to specs) or a local audio dealer. You will still save a ... 
Am I right for this forum?
@jastralfu   I was wondering if anyone would get that. Yeah, I think hearing natural, real instruments from an acoustically good hall will always trump unnatural steely processed sound. Kind of the point…   
Am I right for this forum?
@immatthew “Unfortunately, sound quality usually improves as the equipment improves, and as the equipment improves it unfortunately usually costs more…” +1  
Am I right for this forum?
One key of being an audiophile is the objective. At least in my definition it is to recreate the real musical experience in all respects and in proportion. So, it is not to just create a spectacular sound system. Many people create very flashy sou... 
Am I right for this forum?
OP, good summary and comment.