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harrylavo

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Tube preamp options
If that "golden tube glow" is what you are after, the Conrad Johnson tube amps from the '90's are probably your most reliable source.  Similar "softer" tube preamps (and very dimensional) are the Audible Illusions Modulus 3a and 3b preamps (with o... 
Which is better?
I have never heard a Luxman component that was less than musical.  
Matching Pre-Amp to Amp
Here's some generalities that hopefully might help: Most Transistor amplifiers (not all) have a relatively low input impedance and higher gain (than tube amps). Most transistor preamps have an accordingly low impedance and lower gain (than tub... 
Help Picking a Reel to Reel Deck
Actually, you will have to go back to '50's and '60's decks to find ones that include a tape head output.  And finding dual outputs may be even harder .... I don't know of any decks that feature that.  Strike those from your list and you will stil... 
What is the “World’s Best Cartridge”?
Without being able to measure the response, are you sure that you are finding the Lyra better meets the loading of your phono input?  You might want to explore both capacitive and resistance loadings on your cartridges to determine if, for example... 
Tube PHONO preamp interference - RFI, EMI, bad grounding?
I live near a major Air Force Base and occasionally get interference (although mostly on FM) from one of the radars on the base.  The periodicity of the noise to me is a giveaway that it is something causing a "sweep".  What that might be you are ... 
What's going on with the used audio gear market?
ghasley -  the Chicago School of which Milton Friedman was the main voice have been the minority economic theorists since the early fifties.  Remember how FDR was going to ruin the economy?  And the post-war "giveaways" (GI bill, subsidized housin... 
Dual 1219 spring suspension
The older Duals are extremely well engineered, even though the engineering may look a little "crude".  Unless you have a problem, just leave it alone.  
Sharing amp inputs between two pre-amps
There is a company named Zektor that makes very high audiophile grade switching panels among other things.  I have one called a MAS7.1, so named because it can handle up to 7.1 channel analog surround system.  It will also switch three unbalanced ... 
Cat 5, 5a, 6, 6a, etc
Buy some 4, 5, and 6 cables shielded or unshielded and begin to play by substituting.and listening, like any other component.  Once you've got a preference for category, then try different brands and build qualities.  Getting a system optimized ca... 
Recapping Krell KSA 250
Whoa!!  Yes, turning on the amp can be a major problem .... it may blow a component and you can just hope the safety circuitry or fuses do their job.  See if you can buy a used Variactor somewhere nearby, plus ghe amp into it, and start by feeding... 
Keeping Insider status
If you are selling or buying gear, the Blue Book is a very important source of information.  Other but I was paying that before that amount made me an "Insider" so whatever benefit comes from that was "free" to me.  But I do agree that there seems... 
SkyfiAudio
Look, SkyFi is a niche operation that caters to the carriage trade in one of the world's wealthiest, largest metro areas.  They may not be for everybody, or even 85% of us, but if they are honest about what they offer as apparently they are, then ... 
Washington Post article on MoFi vs. Fremer vs. Esposito
What this does is support the assertion of many audiophiles that DSD (as in SACD records) does not distort or destroy the "analogous-ness" of the original the way PCM does.  There is a reason download services use DSD for ultimate sound quality in... 
Thiel Owners
@trickeydude ..... I am going to give you some advice based on personal experience .... very specific ... that may help.  Far and away the most cost-effective driver for the thiels is an Adcom brand power amplifier model 555ii.  It is highly trans...