helomech

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Aurender n200, talk me out of signing on the dotted line
An amplifier upgrade would be a far better improvement in my mind.    Regardless, Spotify and internet radio both sound terrible compared to Qobuz and the like. Maybe start there.   
Turntable prices. Is my mind going?
….And all judged by guys with fossils for ears.   
How would you spend my next $5K?
Room treatments are what 90% of audiophile systems are severely lacking. Otherwise, I recommend you spend the $5K on contact enhancers, fuses and voodoo shaman chicken bones.   
Dog pissed on speaker
I literally laughed out loud when I opened up the recent discussions email and first thing I read was this thread title. 😂   
Looking for integrated solid state amp for daily usage
Yamaha A-S2100 or 2200 (2100 is slightly brighter but more resolving). Both of these models get closer to replicating good tube sound than do the dozens of other SS amps I’ve owned and auditioned over the years. They achieve that “lit-from-within... 
PURON RESOLVE creates new options for better sound
Yeesh…The charlatans are out in full force lately. Have you people no shame?   
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
If you search ads for current model pieces, the resale value is not any better than many other brands. Seems some are having a tough time selling these components for as little as 60% of retail. Schiit Audio actually retains more value on the pre-... 
The Emperor Has No Clothes!!
Seems there is no shortage of snake oil customers and the flat-Earth movement is growing by the minute. Count me in.   
OCD mickey website and negativity.
Really, who cares? It’s just a dumb hobby mostly related to old guys with more money than sense.   
The D'Appolito, MTM Configuration
My current speakers are the Philharmonic BMR Towers which have a MTM array in the form of two balanced-mode-radiators flanking a RAAL ribbon tweeter. These are the best sounding speakers I’ve owned among 35 pairs, but I’m not convinced it’s due to... 
The $10,000 Question
FWIW, I’ve owned many speakers in the <$6K pair price range and some above that range. Of all those speakers, the Philharmonic BMR Towers have been the best value by far, performing more like $10K/pair speakers rather than the typical $5K offer... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
I had Mac’s most recent solid state preamp and actually preferred the $599 Topping A90D in terms of sound quality. The Topping had a significantly lower noise floor and just overall superior resolution. Of course the Mac felt and operated like a m... 
Sub $2,000 Integrated Amp Recommendations
Pre-owned Yamaha A-S2100. Easily competes with $7K^ worth of separates. Hard to do better for <$2K and easy to do a lot worse.   
Looking for recommendations for integrated with a more “organic” sound.
Yamaha is about the only SS option (with sensible power) under $2500 that meets your sonic objective.  
What qualities stand out in really good solid state preamps?
Believe it or not, one of the very best sounding solid state preamps is the preamp section of Yamaha’s top tier integrated amps. For that reason I would heavily consider the Yamaha C-5000 preamp if budget allows.