john1

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Worth pursuing analog sound from digital?
If you can do a comparison you'll hear the difference between an analog & digital rig.  No need to take anybody's word for anything. Iftheclicks & pops don't bother you, you'll get more of everything good sonically.  DO NOT take my word fo... 
The truth about high end speakers MUST READ
An old fashioned rant informed by a lot of concentrated cynicism,  This latter is the only thing there must be zero tolerance for in life.  If given into it in a troll-like way - then yes it does tend to negate the value of what is said. What you ... 
What Sonically is the Difference between a $1,500 CD Player and a $10K-$25K One?
What no one seems to be talking about & is essential to realizing huge qualitative gains by spending a lot more money on digital - is if that money is put to excellent use in designing a truly outstanding analog stage. It’s far rarer then ever... 
Your favourite music movie?
Let's not forget what the Library of Congress has designated one of the best Music & dance films ever - All That Jazz. From Wikipedia > "Upon release in 1979, director Stanley Kubrick, who is mentioned in the movie, reportedly called it "[t... 
5A Vandersteen
There's a pair of 5As on USAudio Mart for $6500 that has been on there for 4 &1/2 months.  I presume therefore there has to be some price flexibility.  Upgrading them will be 2 1/2 times his asking though (if RV consents to waive his official ... 
Berkeley ref dac 3
Lalitk is not wrong.  The last version of the Berkley ref 2 finally sounded right to my ears. The others were arguably enormously detailed but you just didn’t care. They were too cerebral with bland tonal colors & the music felt sat on. The la... 
Can we finally put Reel to Reel out of its misery? Put it to rest people.
You feel you have the right to an opinion w/o comparing your Naks & Elcasets to a quality open reel machine?  If you're trying to sound defensive about not wanting to hear the difference you know is there - you've succeeded.  it's called evi... 
An Audiophile is Anyone Who Loves Audio Regardless of Monetary Status. Agree?
The premise is what drives quality headphone & headphone amplifier sales. The sticky (but most intriguing?) part of your premise is delineating the difference between a music lover & an audiophile, their intersection points & where &am... 
What are the speakers you very rarely find in the Used market(Audiogon or Anywhere)?
Preowned Wilson speakers are VERY common to see being sold very much including the most expensive production models (XLFs as you read this on AG & virtually everything else) - however in all the decades the WAMM has been made, I've never seen ... 
What class of amplifier has the most high definition sound ?
I have heard many SOA contenders & with a compatible pair of speakers nothing has ever matched the purity of an OTL.  I remember the first time I heard a Futterman.  It was certainly dirty sounding (enough to disqualify it in many ways),  Even... 
One Amp To ‘Rule’ Them All....
The question ignores that it is a dance between amplifier & speakers & really all other components in the chain. he analogy created is who is the best dancer of all time in & of themselves & in combination with all dance partners... 
Do you ever do this before you listen?
Getting your ears cleaned by a doctor every few years will definitely give you the results you're looking for.  Doing it yourself just pushes the wax deeper (even as some appear to come out) & creates a real danger of hurting the eardrum.   
Used Market Savings vs. The Dealer Experience
Used & new gear exist in an incredibly necessary, self-propelling,  incredibly virtuous circle.  One supports & feeds the other.  The used gear democratizes audio & allows many an entry point otherwise unavailable. It also gives new op... 
Brilliant Pebbles, a new tweak, cheaper than high end cables.
I roll my eyes when Quantum Physics is used to justify specific audio (or other technical advances).  Yes, the transistor was wholly invented by applying QP principles, but that's why there has never been a nearly complete, in-depth understanding ... 
A very good ENGINEERING explanation of why analog can not be as good as digital..
tomcy6 quotes Valin saying positive things about digital & so he does while simultaneously criticizing the same HW for major soundstaging issues that analog does not have, again proclaiming it is overall the better more truthful medium. Someo...