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Best used turntable(s) around $1500.00 for playing metal and rock
You want the opposite of subtly or delicacy.   Original Technics 1200 MKIII, Shure V15 Vmr cartridge- Jico Replacment Stylus.  You will hear every last drum roll, cymbal crash, screaming vocal and chainsaw guitar solo.  The cartridge will track an... 
Have you ever been blocked by an E seller here?
Yes.  I found a vintage tube amp listed for a fair price.  I sent the seller a message expressing my interest, and I asked several detailed questions regarding condition.    Seller blocked me.   I asked why.  Seller replied that I asked too many q... 
How much discount typically for a new MC275 to expect from a dealer?
McIntosh offers a 3 yr warranty for new equipment.   I am sure you can find a used but mint amplifier that is less than 3yrs old- and probably less than a 1 yr old- for 25% less than msrp.    Buy used, still have a warranty.  Best of both worlds. ... 
Imported audio are you getting the same level of performance vs domestic priced equip?
Luxman and Accuphase are 2 brands that come to mind as both are much cheaper in the Orient than in the US.   I have not made a significant arbitrage purchase, but have monitored the issue over the years.  What I find interesting is differences in ... 
Recommendations for Vintage Speakers
From your listening tastes, it appears you want a combination of "Punch" and delicacy.  RnR bass, with clean extended treble.   Not an easy accomplishment using vintage speakers.A budget was not mentioned.I would recommend:Larger floorstanding ADS... 
Mono Reissues and the Conical Stylus
90%o of mono cartridges currently sold as NEW, are in fact stereo cartridges adjusted or modified to produce a mono signal.  One of 2 methods is used: 1) standard internal construction, with coils in an "X" pattern, with L/R internally combined to... 
Best cheapo Cartridge
Shure V15-111 with a Jico stylusEmpire EDR .9Both are outstanding MM cartridges that are easy found md relatively inexpensive.   Sonics are wonderful- quiet backgrounds, deep bass, clean midrange and extended HF response.   Both require low mass a... 
looking for a tube preamps that doesn't sound like SS
Audio Research SP3aAudio Research SP10Conrad Johnson PV5Marantz 7cMcIntosh C22McIntosh 110z *  Tuner PreampAll sound like tubes, all have excellent phono stages.  All will require maintenance to perform at their best.A more recent possibility:  Br... 
What is a lowball offer? How low is low?
You never know why someone lists an item for sale.  Do they need to sell, do they just want to see what they can get for the item, are they thinking of upgrading etc etc.  You will not get a sense of a seller's motivation if you do not engage the ... 
Ultrasonic cleaning with kirmuss and loss of high frequency details.
Those stating they hear a loss of HF content after US cleaning are very much in the minority among users.  US cleaning has become almost mainstream in the audiophile community.  At present, there is  enough data of results spread across machine ty... 
Looking for an integrated tube amp under $2500
The OP did not provide information regarding the size of the room in which the amp and speakers will be installed, or about listening habits and preferences.  From a need for a solution that is no more than 7 inches high, can we deduce that space ... 
What do you drive and why?
4 vehicles in our household2008 Cadliac Escalade 114k miles2010 VW Touraeg V6 80k miles2008 Jeep Liberty 110k miles2008 Jeep Commander 140k milesWe tend to keep our vehicles for a long time.    I prefer large a SUV because of comfort during long r... 
The Science of Vinyl/Analog Setups
Digital is like looking at the world through the tines of a comb, or in strobascopic light.Vinyl and Analogue are like looking at the world as it is, in continuous non stop light.One can reduce the size of each tine to bring in more light, one can... 
Does this exist? Preamp/Streamer/DAC with MQA, Roon and more
You already tried your solution:" Second, when I connected a PS Audio DSJr through a Marantz AV receiver as preamp, then to the exact same Musical Fidelity amp and Monitor Audio speakers, the sound was GLORIOUS in comparison to the NAD"You don't ... 
What responsibility does a seller have to tell a customer an item has been serviced?
Issues on both sides.  Buyer should have asked more questions before purchase.  Seller was obligated to honor a stated 30 day return policy.   Publication of this policy (website, in ads, in correspondence) by the seller essentially negates the "h...