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thought on eBay?
I use eBay plenty and have bought and sold higher end ($500-$2,000) audio gear there. When buying I always look for many instances of positive feedback and drop a question to the seller just to check out how the buyer responds. I have had excellen... 
Car Audio and the High End
I enjoy both and look for similar things from my home and car system. Obviously what can be done and how they sound are dramatically different. In cars I generally spend 2-3k and can get a very nice setup. I always start with amplification and the... 
Which dimmer switch for LED bulbs?
Dimming LEDs is tricky. I recall the resistance is quite a bit different from incandescent bulbs so you need quality LEDs lights that are setup to be dimmable. Many that say they are dimmable end up being more binary in brightness or worse create ... 
New ebay payments require SS#?
It has probably been mentioned but you do not need to provide your banking password. It asks for it, as that is one way they can verify, but if you say no you simply enter in your bank acct # and routing info just like any other electronic payment... 
Samsung flat screen TV’s
I've had great luck with Samsung TVs. Own 2 and both are medium-high end models. One is 15 years old and one is 7 yrs old. Nary an issue with either one. With that said we do not leave them on 24/7. Given your poor failure rate I'm guessing power ... 
Best amp for 4 Sonos ceiling speakers?
I've never heard of "in ceiling" SONOS branded speakers nor any SONOS branded speaker that are not powered already i.e. do not need a separate amplifier. Maybe this is a SONOS system than played thru some other brand speakers and amp. If so you re... 
Insuring Your Vinyl Collection and Equipment
As noted it needs to be excluded to not be covered. But there are also coverage limits for certain types of things. Vinyl may be considered a "collectible" and those items generally have fairly low $$ limits. If your collection is super valuable (... 
Do you care about car audio?
I've been into both home and car stereo for a very long time. I'm a bit surprised how many don't seem to care much about car stereo. Maybe that is because I do more long drives than your average Joe. I have probably listened to more music in my ca... 
30 foot long Balanced Cables to Balanced/RCA Adapters into Amp's Stereo RCA inputs?
For a run that long you'd really be well served to run it balanced. A regular XLR->RCA adapter at one end defeats this. So while not what you want to hear, if you really need to run that long you need electronics which accept balanced as well. ... 
Ls50 wireless II vs separates with passive speakers
I also own some of the LS50W (not the IIs). Super happy with them. They sounds excellent and have quite a bit more bass then the passive versions due to the design. Pretty flexible in placement given you can tailor the DSP settings in the app. You... 
Speakers for Computer
Not sure of budget here. If between $300-800 I would run the USB from the PC direct into some Vanatoo speakers. They have a few models and all are power, have an internal DAC, and DSP setting if needed. They sound excellent and are easy to use. Th... 
Vanatoo speakers - should I get them for hifi sound?
Chiming in again, besides owning audioengine and vanatoo zeros I also own some KEF LS50Ws. The KEFs are easily the best as they really are a pretty amazing speaker and flexible given these are active with DSP. They are too large for me to put on a... 
Vanatoo speakers - should I get them for hifi sound?
I own the Zeros and use them in my office. Quite happy with them and prefer them over similarly prices audioengines. Better fidelity for sure and a more powerful set of options such as the onboard DAC, subwoofer output etc.  
Best stands so baby doesn't knock speaker over
I've had many kids and many speakers. Only way is to ensure that kids  can not get to the stands/speakers at all. We used folding gate like things which created a barrier around the speakers which yes are ugly. Out of reach is the only other viabl... 
Anyone Recently Change to Class D power?
I recently switched to a Wyred ST-500 MkII. Been using SS for eons and not sure I'll go back. Very happy with the voicing and I've heard it next to some PSVANE tube monoblocks and the Wyred was not nearly as different as I would have thought. I wa...