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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... 
A Beginner's Guide to Audiophile
There were early editions of both Stereophile and The Abso!ute Sound where J. Gordon Holt and Harry Pearson respectively presented a glossary correlating frequency ranges with descriptive commentary (eg. bright, overly bright, dominant midrange, e... 
33rpm vs 45rpm - which is better
Back in the late 40's when RCA and Columbia were fighting for format ascendancy, the general consensus among those with good audio systems (my father sold them and I grew up with one in the living room) was that the 45's were the best in dynamic r... 
I'm at the pearly gates and they tell me I can only bring in one jazz cd
This will be controversial.  Allen Toussaint "Bright Mississippi".  Old style Kansas City jazz but with modern overlays by Toussaint.  Can't keep from tapping your toes while enjoying the solo excursions.  This is the only "jazz" CD Toissant every... 
Help…looking to buy turntable
I'm going to go back even further and suggest a Dual 701 semi-automatic turntable (it lifts at the end of play).  Duals are very tricky to service and their are not many folks who can do so with expertise these days, so that is a fallback.  But if... 
Tuner choice
yyzsantabarbara  ... agree...you can pay a lot more, but it is a bit of a crapshoot today because tuner's just don't get reviewed.  But IME the early models I mentioned will hold their own with any of the recents .... at about 1/50th the price.  
Awaiting a 1st impression
ghdprentice -  You  may be the youngest, but you still qualify for my hi-fi club ... "Geezers High for Fi".  
Awaiting a 1st impression
Several comments on Boostedis's point.  I am an 82yo audiophile who has closely followed the industry since I was a 15yo kit-builder.   Comment #1:  Unless you are actively into today's market online, much of the self-selecting advertising is not... 
Tuner choice
Unsound, I agree that selectivity is an important spec, although frankly it was more important in the past than it is now due to advances in technology  ..... while sensitivity in most tuner gear today is less than it was in the distant past (when... 
Large room with low budget for speakers
My advice:  get yourself some big Maggies, or the largest IMF transmission line monitors available (used).  The a really powerful amplifier to drive them.  You'll get all the sound and sound level you could want.  Hi-fi, sound, not just sound!  
Tuner choice
It depends on what you want.  A lot of tuner affionados are after long-range reception, which makes sense if there is a very good station you cannot otherwise reach.  But if you have a very good (technologically) station in the area, you should ev... 
What defines mid-fi versus high-end?
Answer: your income.  What you can afford is seen inevitably as the "low-end" of audiophilia.  The highest end is always to dream for, whether $5,000 or $500,000.  Does really high quality sound demand that?  No, not at all.  But human nature does.  
Large room with low budget for speakers
High end Magnapans.  They can fill any room, and don't cost an arm and a leg.  If you can't afford new, go back a few years.  Even more of a bargain.  Big, enveloping soundstage!  Instruments and voices that sound "as in the room" if speakers posi... 
Turn off or leave on?
In my two systems the transistor gear (one amp, one tuner, one disk player/dac, one separate dac stay on, or at most I may turn off the transistor amp overnight.  The tube gear (amp, preamp, headamp, tuner) goes on a half hour before listening, an...