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Speaker Cables for Revel F52
You might go to the Moon Audio site and look at their Black Dragon speaker cable. I have a silver dragon power cord and it impresses well beyond its price. Very well constructed too. I did inquire about the Black Dragons and Drew Baird at Moon Aud... 
My Esoteric P-05 '' eat '' my new Beatles disc
I would contact Esoteric. Tell them exactly what happened and ask them if they would authorize you to open the unit and retrieve the CD. If there is a warranty issue, ask them to make a notation in their computer system of this anomaly and that th... 
Power Conditioning: How Do You Know You Need It?
Jiminlogansquare,New PS Audio PPPs are on sale right now for $500 off....$1699.00. I would not want to do without mine!All the best! 
Cleaning AC plugs, receptacles and other contacts
I have used denatured alcohol on cotton swabs to clean the blades of AC plugs. The one thing I would encourage you most strongly to do is turn off the circuit breaker to the stereo outlets, unscrew the wire from their outlet screws and take very f... 
Vandersteen Model 7: has anyone heard?
Due to the completely different design philosophies, I've never seen Vandys and Wilsons in competition for the same listeners. I've heard numerous models from both and can hear what diverse listeners find to admire about both approaches. Listen, c... 
Is this clipping or just high SPL?
It is common for many amps to sound "congested" just before reaching the point of clipping. You may find this as an early warning sign that you need to reduce volume. 
Denon POA-1500 Stereo Amp
Bill,I used a POA 1500 amp with a PRA 1000 preamp years ago. Very beautiful music from that pair. The reason I ceased using the POA 1500 was restricted current delivery. It would "crackle" when used at any reasonable volume with a speaker whose im... 
NOS vs New Production Tube Sanity Check
Honest1 your post is testimony to how system dependent tube sound can be. I have been running NOS Mullard 4003's in my highly modded cj PV-12L line stage. The warmth of the Mullards was just the ticket for my system at the time. After a new interc... 
Which power cord more important?
Paul McGowan from PS Audio advises to use the best power cord closest to the source of your AC. So if you are using a power conditioner, the "best" power cord should go from the wall outlet into the conditioner. That allows the most efficient powe... 
Vandersteen 3a signatures vs. Quatro's
If you want to get the scoop from Richard V. go to the Vandersteen website and click on TECHNICAL INFORMATION. This long-running question and answer forum contains several posts about your question. 
Upgrading wall outlets
I had 10 gauge wire (30 amp) dedicated line put in when the house was built. As time passed, I noticed a lack of dynamics and weak bass. One day the stereo was playing in the dedicated basement listening room as I was attending to the clothes drye... 
Best path to test different interconnects?
I would agree with the previous responses. Swap cables in and out from your digital or analog source to most readily identify the sonic characteristics of each cable. Once you believe you have a handle on the sound of each cable, place it in the s... 
Upgrade amp or speakers?
Unless you are in love with the electrostatic sound, you might consider a quality pair of moving coil speakers and stay with your electronics. You might use a variety of footers to "tune" the sound of the system from there until you hit the sound ... 
Merlin VSM
Consider small stand monitors of high quality with powered stereo subs. You get great soundstaging, clarity, pinpoint imaging and deep powerful bass. I have full range speakers with subs. It is amazing how much better the full range speakers sound...