jrw1971

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The birth of a new thread dedicated to sharing our newly-acquired "old" LP's.
Love this thread; thanks for creating.  I’ve found some real gem first pressings in the last year.  Brubeck’s Countdown — Time in Outer Space; yet another Abandoned Luncheonette; Gord’s Gold (compilations don’t usually sound good, this and Steely ... 
Integrated amp recommendations for harbeth 30.2 XD
I'll give you my experience with my 30.2s from a decent amount of experimentation mixing and matching from different systems in my house, FWIW:Audio Research REF 40 (pre) + REF 75 (stereo amp) was OK.  Not great.  Too much of an understated sound ... 
EXTRA! EXTRA!! Millercarbon Proven Wrong!!! Read all about it! EXTRA! EXTRA!!
I think the point is that high-end DIY is possible, which presumably could apply to components as well, so I hope this doesn't devolve into a tired power cord debate.  But after such a write-up, are we left unable to either purchase or recreate th... 
Power regenerator vs conditioner
OP — Because you seem to have these products in mind, I can share my experience: I have a Niagara 3000, a PS Audio P-15, and a Denali 6000T in my house, in different places.  Like you, the PS Audio narrative makes the most sense to me.  And I used... 
The Absolute Sound vs Pleasing Sound
Ever confuse jazz brushing for tape hiss?  Which leads you to wonder why the drummer is doing that in the first place?  I’ve learned that it’s an effort to enlarge the sense of ambience.  It’s a drummer practicing the art of illusion.  Even live m... 
Help an old man out
OP -- as between the PL and the M33, my impressions (all the usual caveats):  M33 has more grip and authority, no question.  More dynamics.  Jump factor.  But sometimes I felt that the bass and lower midrange sounded artificial, as if I had improp... 
Help an old man out
OP — I have a few thoughts to take or leave:I own an NAD M33.  I think it sounds pretty good.  I’ve been comparing it to my Prima Luna HP Dialogue Premium integrated, using KT150 tubes, in an office sized room.  I’d give the edge to the PL, but th... 
Better Records White Hot Stampers: Now the Story Can Be Told!
Tom Port must have thick skin.  Personally, I’m a big fan of White Hots.  Own too many to admit.  It’s real, what MC is saying.  Except for the part about Picasso painting Starry Night.   
For ARC lovers, Problems?
I own several ARC pieces, and just recently sold a REF40.  The main stuff is all current REF SE series, except for the 160S.  Now, the 160S uses fuses to protect the resistors/tubes (I think), and I have blown two fuses over the last year, for rea... 
Looking for a new phono preamp
The PS Audio is fantastic.  I owned one.  Moved up recently, but I made a huge leap.  For $2.5k, and I say this after 8 different phonostages in as many years, I think it’s a no-brainer.  They do have the 30 day return policy you mention.   
Speaker Upgrade Recommendation for Current Analog System - under $10,000 Budget
OP — I’ve owned a pair of NOLA Contender 2s for 5 years.  Really lovely speaker.  Happy to discuss my experience, compared to owning Vandy Treo CTs, NOLA KOs, Harbeth 30.2s, Wilson Audio Sabrinas, and recently, DAWs.  Don’t know the Golden Ears so... 
Equal $$ for Phono OR Streaming?
I’m a vinyl guy, and I happen to think the very highest levels of check-the-box / by-the-book sound quality, plus enchantment, plus wow factor, are monopolized by vinyl.  But I enjoy digital 20% of the time and I’ve spent time and money going thro... 
Do different streamers really sound different when using an external DAC
I second feldmen4’s comments.  I had the same experience, except with a PS Audio DirectStream DAC.  First using Node 2, then using the Bridge II card, each with the same DAC.  PS Audio’s Bridge II is far better as a streamer than the Node 2.  More... 
Best DAC For My Setup Under $10k
I own the PS Audio Directstream with Bridge II. It is excellent.  But I’ve placed it in a smaller system, because once I heard the Mola Mola Tambaqui, I was toast.  It’s a really really good DAC.  Detailed and clean joined forces with musical and ... 
A stupid question for which there's no sensible answer.
I may have missed it, but I don’t think anyone has mentioned what I would consider the easiest, cheapest thing OP should do: try Roon or Audirvana.  Running a signal direct from a Mac to a DAC means the Mac’s internal audio "enhancers" are mucking...