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harrylavo

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Has the cost of HiFi gotten a bit too much?
ghdprentice, right on.  Economics and economic policy are difficult to understand thoroughly, and sometimes even appear counter-intuitive.  And virtually every "simple" cause and effect is wrong.  Suffice it to say that even the "pro's" like yours... 
Advice needed on MC cartridges
Until recently I might have agreed with the conventional wisdom.  I have used an Accuphase AC2 MC cartridge into a Counterpoint SA-2 Headamp into an ARC SP-6 preamp for years, because it sounded about as good as you can get.  But recently in my se... 
CD transports; do they really matter
                          It depends.  I use an old sub--$100 Pioneer universal player with the first version of Pioneers outstanding transport mechanism, playing through a Bel Canto DAC, and it has a solid bass which outperforms any Sony mechanis... 
The Best Preamp is no Preamp?
 There is no substitute for listening.  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Depends on your equipment and the ease of controlling volume, plus whatever moderating effect (or exacerbating effect) you preamp adds.  They will add something. I have a secon... 
Decisive moments your your audio journey
Easy.  Dad's living room system 1952.  Large JBL corner horn ... two 15" woofers and horn mids and highs.  Driven by 25wpc tube Newcomb Amp w/Preamp.  Rek-O-Cut studio TT with Fairchild arm and cartridge.  First ever audiophile discs (Cook's "Soun... 
How many systems do you have?
Three.  Main in living room.  Secondary in dining room/den (sounds as good but slightly different than main.)  Tertiary in bedroom.  All handle CD/SACD, first two phono as well.  All have tuners.  First system has RtR Dolbyized tape; bedroom has N... 
Bought powerful/expensive Amp+Speakers but plan to use an old preamp , am I crazy?
Listen, after you swap in the new gear, continue to listen to the NAD.  If you still love it, keep it.  If not, well, there is your next upgrade.  Don't get caught up in the "I have to upgrade completely game."  I have an old Audionics BT2 preamp ... 
Suggest your most desired MSRP $1,500-$3,000 Stand Mount for a Shootout.
Get a pair of the older KLH 5's in good condition.  They use a different midrange configuration and despite audiophile angst about cross-firing mids, the image very well and very precisely.  Would make an interesting comparison, and with some care... 
Modern "Vintage" Sounding Preamps
Since you have phono as well as line input needs, consider a good used Audio Research SP6B preamp, or the all-tube (include regulation) SP8.  The phono input on this line of Preamps was as good sounding or better than almost any other preamp of it... 
Not manufactured any more.
elliotbnewcomb - AR-2Ax, my first decent speakers while in college. Got em with wedding gift money. Anyone remember the AR sound booth at Grand Central Station, NYC? Sam Goodys? I was just of of B-School and working in White Plains, NY at the tim... 
Not manufactured any more.
Thumbs up on the Heil AMT-1's.  I owned four of them .... used them in a quad system in the mid-70's and then sold/gave them to musician friends of mine (classical) .... one of them uses a pair of them today powered by a Citation 11 preamp and an ... 
Thiel Owners
Vintage50 - I will second the info Tom Thiel gave you.  I have two sets of pointed spikes, one set from the 3.5 and another from a 2 2.  Both these spiked sets are 2" long and 1/4" in diameter.  So apparently Thiel was using "standard" spikes for ... 
The Most Philosophical Song You Ever Heard
Mississippi God Damn, by Nina Simone 
Thiel Owners
Tony -Don't be so self-effacing.  The fact is that much of what gets ascribed to gear in our hobby is really the result of other things.  I think until you read or take a course in microphones and recording, room treatment, and psychological decep... 
Thiel Owners
Anybody here have an extra CS 3.5 midrange driver (or speaker itself) hanging around, orphaned.  If so, please contact me at hlavo@yahoo.com and we can talk about relieving you of same.  Thanks.