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Fm tuner
I also listen to a lot of FM Classical here in Western Mass (WFCR).  I can solidly recommend these two FM tuners.  I own them now, and have owned others through the year.*  Fisher FM90B - a late, basic model Fisher tube tuner with sound that puts ... 
Last stylus preservative...anyone still use it?
I have used both the Last Stylus Preservative and Last Record Preservative since they came out.  I use Last Stylus Cleaner perhaps every three times I play a disk.  Have been doing this since the products were introduced (I am an OLD audiophile) w... 
Center Channel on an Integrated Stereo Amplifier
The main reason a center channel sounds better on movies is that they tend to use it primarily for the voices in order to "bring them out" (eg higher volume, closer miking) and these can easily be correlated with the folks being portrayed, which t... 
3 channel watching and 2 channel listening
I've scrapped my 5.1 receiver for a 4.0 channel setup.  I've substituted an ARC SP-6a (updated) for the front and ordinary stereo use; substitted an Audionics BT-2 for the rear channels, and eliminated subwoofer by using Thiel 3.5's which are flat... 
Speaker recommendation for married couple
Earbuds.  Anything else will be too loud for her. 
Speaker phase observation and question?
Years ago there was quite an audio controversy over whether inverse phase could be "heard".  Nothing ever came to a head, but based on my own observations I believe it can, however subtle.  I have for nearly thirty years owned Spiels and love Spic... 
FM alive and well here...curious question
I have two FM tuners in my two main systems .... a Carver TX-11 in the secondary and an udated Fisher FM-90B in the main.  We have an excellent NPR station here in Western Mass, WFCR and its satellites.  The play classical daytime 9:00-4:00 with l... 
Amps from the 1980's -- What gear holds up sonically? Reliably?
Forgot to add .... whether or not the gear has been in frequent use is important to maintaining the condition of passive (and some other) parts. Perhaps as much or more as "brand". 
Amps from the 1980's -- What gear holds up sonically? Reliably?
Equipment I or my close friends have still in use .... Amber 70 amp (original condition), HK Citation 11 (original condition), Teac 7040 high speed two track tape deck (original condition), Teac 4070 consumer tape deck (just had minor servicing, f... 
Pass Labs
Stfoth, you are correct.  If you browse the Audiogon Blue Book, it is clear that both the volume and the price of most high end gear took a huge hit in 2008-2009, making bargains available.  Since then, some items have maintained that price level,... 
Are there any $1500 tube preamps that that can compare with Tubes4hifi's SP14?
Another fine preamp would be a restored Audio Research SP-6b.  One of the finest preamps ever made....they sell for around $1000 in good shape, and usually only require a capacitor (and sometimes resistor) upgrade.  Plus perhaps $70 worth of new C... 
Best speakers under $500? Fire away!
Depends a lot on the type of music you listen to.  Your 3020 certainly images well ..... so used Thiel 1.5's or better yet 1.6's (much rarer) might fit if you are interested in classical or jazz or singer-songwriters.  Not the best for rock, though. 
I have now listened to my restored, recapped and serviced NAD 3020 and..........
Yes, a superb sounding little amp!  Worth your upgrade cost, I am sure. 
Are there any $1500 tube preamps that that can compare with Tubes4hifi's SP14?
The Audible Illusions Modulus 3a as an upgrade to your own 2 might do the the trick.  I've heard it in a good system driving a tube amp (Musical Reference?) and the imaging was to die for.  Of course, the owner knew his stuff and had the system we... 
Old Amp vs. New Amp
I use Outlaw Audio M200 monoblocks in my five channel system, driving Thiel 3.5's and 2 2's.  These are Class A/AB at lower power levels and switch to Class D above 85watts on up to 200wpc (8 ohm)  or 300wpc (4 ohm).  Their current model is the M2...