jallan

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How many of you are digital only systems?
Once had close to a thousand LP’s, still have around 700. Haven’t touched them since I got my Yggdrasil, it really is that much better (Ariston RD11S, Grace 707, Benz Ace). 
Underwood Hifi / Underwood Wally...
He is a great guy. I spent some time on the phone with him and we reminisced about the old times. Very generous with his time, and I would not hesitate to buy from him. 
Best dac under $2500 - comparing build quality and technologies
+1 big time for Schiit Yggdrasil GS, greatest bargain in audio IMHO 
Old Amps that can still Kick Butt
Adcom 535, damnable auto correct! 
Old Amps that can still Kick Butt
+1 on the Alcon 535 amp, mine is a 535 II.My old but rebuilt GAS Ampzilla sounds really, really good, but my new SST Son of Ampzilla II is better still. The old Ampzilla has new 20amp Toshibas replacing the 15amp Motorolas for the output transistors  
Stratospheric audio gear prices
If you follow Audio Research or Conrad Johnson pricing, you very much get the idea. Look at price rise for LS28 to LS28SE. Follows the stock market.As an owner of an SP6B and MV75A-1, these companies used to offer similarly priced products not too... 
BUI - Guilty
Just wanted to add to my last post. Was replacing my Audio Research SP6B with a new used Cary SLP05 with ultimate upgrade worth the price? YES!!! What an amazing improvement in soundstage and palpability...so the upgrade bug can indeed pay off big... 
BUI - Guilty
I was perfectly happy listening to a vintage Audio Research SP6B and a modified and rebuilt GAS Ampzilla, owned for 40 years and 46 years. But years of wondering how might better it be with better parts now available led to sudden acquisition of a... 
Cat Scratch Fever?
Direct data of illness and death, not some contrived, assumption-based derivatives, clearly shows the number of minimum deaths from COVID. I say minimum, because the number of deaths overall, are well above what would be expected deaths plus COVID... 
What is the actual percentage of people exclusively listening to vinyl vs digital?
Was a total vinyl junkie that used to demonstrate to friends how much better a recording sounded on lap rather than cd. Even when the initial recording was digitally recorded! That made me pause... after several decades and remastering of many rec... 
Equalization for vinyl nirvana
Some recordings are just too bright. I have digital and analogue versions and both can sound too bright if they were mixed that way. Some early 60’s recordings, originally released as mono but then remixed in stereo sound bright and hot as lp’s, c... 
stereo review magazine
Pretty sure it was Consumer Reports who was sued successfully by Bose for their review of the Bose 901, with the review stating the obvious that images were distorted. Most sound at concerts is not reflected... This resulted in CR adopting linear ... 
Are "vintage" DAC's worthwhile, or is this a tech that does not age well
I own 4 DACs- a mid-90’s California Audio Labs Alpha (tube amplification), a circa 2010 Halide Designs, an Audioquest Red Dragonfly, and a Schiit Yggdrasil GS. The Cal Alpha was renowned in its day for being analog like, and it’s sound remains ple... 
Your advice needed, speakers to buy $8K to $13K
ATC SCM40, although they are overpriced in the States (40% markup on UK retail). But they should check all your boxes. 
Schiit Saga+...What’s the point of the tube?
Lots of folks here blovulating with zero understanding, kinda scary. I have the original Saga, the Schiit literature clearly discusses that it is a tube buffer on top of a no gain device. The tube thus has a variable impact, depending upon the inp...