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Thoughts on the Linn LP12 turntable
After having been influenced by Art Dudley, I bought a Garrard 401, and did a DIY overhaul. I built a plinth that I love, put a Dynavector 501 arm on it, and have been enjoying it for years. The 401's are not fussy, built very robustly, and sound... 
Looking for advice re: amps for Dynaudio Contour 20i
Years ago, I owned a pair of beautiful Contour 5.4 Dynaudio's in Gorgeous Rosewood and loved them. They seemed to work better with high-powered solid State driving them (I used an Aragon 3002 amp (300 Wpc), and they sounded great with that much po... 
Use or sell/replace Oppo UDP-203?
I had to replace an ailing Arcam DVD, and wound up buying an Oppo 203. I ordered a new non-switching power supply for it from Korea, and put it in. It's now the best sounding player I've had, and glad to have it. Regards, Dan   
An older audiophiles new equipment
I'm with you on this. In spite of my tinnitus and hearing loss, I'm enjoying my system and music more than ever these days, so it makes getting old not so hard to take. Stay well, enjoy, Dan  
Best Home HIFi you’ve listened to
At this time, I'd have to say my own system is the best I've ever heard. Only due to some recent upgrades in amplifier, preamp, and Townshend Isolation Pods under my speakers. I've never enjoyed music listening more at any time than I am right now... 
Why Does My Current Music Sound So Much Better than It Did in the 80’s?
I've had a very "good" sounding system for over twenty years. In the recent few months, it has become to my ears, a "great" sounding system merely by replacing one component-my preamp. It cost more than I usually allow myself to spend on any part... 
Do you build anything for your high fidelity system? If so, what do you make?
Finished the build on my 12" Tannoy speakers (enclosures are 150 liters nearly 2" thick MDF, @ 192 lbs. each, built custom crossovers using Mundorf capacitors, Alpha Core inductors and Dueland resistors, rebuilt my Garrard 401 turntable, built my ... 
Question about amplifiers
I bought a Class D Audio GaN amplifier to use for multi-channel listening, so I won't put so many hours on my 3C24 tube amp, which is outstanding. The Class D sounds almost as good, and was not very expensive. Maybe have a  look at them. Regards... 
Can a great system make a mediocre recording sound good?
I've owned a CD for years that I could never find listenable on any of the systems I've owned in the nearly twenty years  I've owned the disc,  a Vanguard Classic  recording of J.S. Bach's Brandenberg Concertos,  by the English Chamber Orchestra, ... 
2 Subwoofers or 1?
Three are better. Regards, Dan  
Who Is An Expert On Acutex Cartridges?
Lewm, I see you also use a Dynavector arm, in my case a 501 that I've had to rebuild the arm lift assembly on, and rewire. I love this tonearm, though I wonder how much difference there is from the newer models. Any comment? Very curious regardi... 
Who Is An Expert On Acutex Cartridges?
Last night, I listened first to my AT ART-9, and then I installed my Acutex M 320 LPM cartridge. I was astonished how good the Acutex sounded. It makes me realize I need to fine tune the setup on the ART 9. The Acutex made the best sounding music... 
Adding a Herron VTSP 3A/360 Preamplifier to the system.
Brian, thank you! Same to you. Dan  
Who Is An Expert On Acutex Cartridges?
Timeltel, the 415 is very good cartridge, especially considering its price. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it wasn't much. I've got to stop being lazy and listen to more vinyl! Regards, Dan  
Concentric drivers
I agree with Mulveling, (whose system I would love to hear), Tannoys have been recognized as one of the best-sounding speaker systems on the planet for almost all the years I've been alive. I don't care if there is some Doppler effect happening, ...