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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. 
Do you all agree when Prince said the 60s, 70s and 80s were the golden ages of music?
Yes. 
Who is ditching their shiny disc spinners?
If you no longer need your cd's and plan to buy no more, sell the Oppo and invest in the best dac/streamer you can find.  However the Oppo is a respectable and reliable CD/SACD/DVD-Audio/DVD-video) player and might be worth keeping it.  Currently ... 
AUDIO RESEARCH VS VTL
I've had experience with both companies.  Had a 6B preamp / 90B amp setup for years.  Switched to VTL 85.  Sold the 6B.  Bought new modified 6A, bought new 85, bought older ST-150.  Love both.  Think ARC excels at preamps, expecially phono stages ... 
Why have capacitors improved so much over the years?
From the early eighties until the early nineties the transparency of audiophile-quality gear improved enormously.  This is almost certainly the improvement in passive part quality (mainly capacitors, but also to a degree in resistors.)  My observa... 
Great Recordings, Sonically Speaking - and Why.
As Wolfie says, look for early Audio Fidelity pressings.  One features Louis Armstrong and one of his last bands as well as Thelma Middleton, and the sound is spectacular.  Audio Fidelity also packaged this disk with one by the amateurish Dukes of... 
Where's The Volume?
Have you checked to see if either the phono preamp or the phono input of the Hegel preamp have variable gain switching.  A related but slightly different issue is whether or not the phono preamp has an output simulating a headamp (i.e. for use int... 
Do You Ever Find Yourself Unable to Listen To Your System?
The subject has been covered pretty thoroughly above.  I'll simply tell you that yes ..... I have gone weeks without listening when family problems are at a peak.  Right now they are simmering, and my listening has suffered considerably, although ... 
Adding Home Theater To 2 Channel System
I did that about fifteen years ago.  The main thing is: ditch the center channel.  If you have really good speakers and placement, keep them and bridge the R/L speakers in lieu of a center channel.  You stereo will stay perfect that way, and you'l... 
Recommendations for speakers that sound great at lower volume levels.
Almost all earlier hi-fi gear included a Fletcher-Munson "Loudness Control" designed to boost the bass and treble to compensate for their loss at lower volumes.  Harry Pearson via TAS made tone controls as well as (heaven forbid) the loudness cont... 
How to isolate turntable from footstep shake or vibration
I endorse the use of wall racks.  I used a target rack for years in several different rooms, and holding a Linn Sondek.  Never ever a trace of footfall. 
Arrangement of components on rack
It is a rare component that is really critical as to location.  Onesuch is the Counterpoint SA-2 tube headamp, which must be as far away from the turntable motor to avoid hum.  And its detached power supply as far away from all the components as p... 
Magnepan LRS- what amp should i consider? (sub $2,000)
How about just moving up in power, say to an Adcom 555?  Inexpensive and good sounding.  Then buy some decent "entry-level" audiophile cables .... bottom end Audioquests or Morrows, for example.  I think you'll end up with very good sound that can... 
stereo review magazine
"Audionics of Oregon outsold the other stuff 10:1... IF the customer..listened...." said Tomic1617.  Audionics made some of the best sounding gear produced at the time.  To this day my BT-2 preamp is in my second system and second as a phono sta... 
Thiel Owners
Tom, I follow this thread religiously even if I don't contribute much, so I see YOU her several times a week, but thanks for the feedback in answer to my question.  Back in the '70's cables were just beginning to distinguish themselves and at the ...