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jnovak

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Worth pursuing analog sound from digital?
I also bought a Nuwave DAC. It was good for the price. I then bought a Directstream DAC. WOW! It is a killer. Very analogue sounding. I see that the price for used ones has slipped recently. TMR has one for $2799.00 I think. You will not regret bu... 
GREAT MUSIC - SO POORLY RECORDED...
Historically, most recorded music was only listened to on consoles and record players. 99 percent of consumers (including recording artists and engineers) never cared about "high fidelity". I've talked to dozens of musicians none of whom own decen... 
The best looking speakers
No matter what the color, material or shape; if it sounds great, my appreciation for its aesthetics (or lack of) will rise to the same level 
Recommendations for Vintage Speakers
I also owned the Pioneer SX1250. I bought it at the PX at a cost of less than $600.00! After going through my Bose phase, I bought a pair of Polk Model 10A's. The receiver is long gone ( I also bought the black version of it. I can't remember the ... 
The term "High End" needs to die. Long live Hi-Fidelity!
 Eric, You might be the "Pope" of Audiogon! 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
blindjim: Yes, you're correct about everyone having that one experience. It would have been interesting had I have gone back say three days in a row to compare the sound. I had a stereo friend way back when who invited me to a listen at a local sh... 
Best audio tweak ever, especially for the over 60s
I clean my ears first thing in the morning. Ear wax is still soft when you've been lying down all night. Go gently though. Keep Qtips on your nightstand. 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
In the army, at the stereo PX, standing in front of a pair of big Tannoys. They were only lined up on a shelf with countless other speakers. Even so, it was obvious that something very right was going on. I didn't buy them. Too expensive back then... 
What Sonically is the Difference between a $1,500 CD Player and a $10K-$25K One?
Once in a while a great piece of gear "falls from grace" and loses its appeal. Sometimes for poor reasons. In the case of PS Audios PerfectWave Dac, when the newer Directstream Dac came out, reviewers sited the new unit as superior to the old. Thu... 
I lied to my wife about the price of Stax 009S headphone
I have the ultimate "audiophile wife". She NEVER EVER asks what something costs me. If a truck rolls up to the curb once a week with new gear, she would say nothing. Her only rule is that I never ever pay attention to another woman. 
What brands tend to have the worst resale value?
It seems that anything I buy fits the bill. First Snell, then Threshold, then Dunlavy, then Classe. The list goes on. 
Blind fold hearing test
It might be easier if I was using a $20,000 blindfold! 
Used vs New vs Vintage vs Floorstanding vs Bookshelf vs ..... OMG!
Hi tykozen, remember one thing! Your ears are your ears. If a certain speaker appeals to you, don't be intimidated by others opinions. If your goal is to buy used do look at issues such as; Are there proprietary drivers or parts? Are they availabl... 
"You cannot handle the truth"
You're going to lose a lot of sleep if you need to understand everyone's wherefores and whys for selling. For me, the people who buy and sell on a whim are the heartbeat of Audiogon. I'm more than happy to let the other guy pay the upfront retail ... 
looking for ideas on must have classical music
 Pick up a copy of Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre. I have one on the Phillips label. You'll recognize music that you may have heard but didn't know who the composer was. I've listened to this CD maybe 300 times or more. ALSO, check out the de...