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Should we care if a piece of equipment comes from a pet-free, kid-free, smoke-free home?
It actually does matter in some cases.  A friend recently told me that his Audio Note M 8 linestage had developed a problem with turn-on—it would frequently blow a fuse when the switch was thrown.  The problem turned out to be caused by a massive ... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
I've heard, and generally liked the Berning amps I've heard.  I don't care if they are, or are not, true output transformerless amps  (OTL).  To me, they have that immediate, exciting and vivid sound of OTL amps.  But, like ANY amp choice, it does... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
I have heard quite a few different brand set ups and I don't think it is necessarily a problem.  Any purchase without an audition in the particular system poses some risk.  It is not necessarily the case that a general sound of a component will ca... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
If you want something a bit less polite than Audio Note, the Atmasphere linestages and preamps are quite good--very clean, clear, and not overly warm, yet they don't sound harmonically bleached out.   You did not specify what features you require... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
I have not heard the new WE amp myself.  But, an old-school Western Electric fan who knows a lot about amps did hear it and thought it sounded quite bad.  You must hear it for yourself.  As for non-SET alternatives, I mentioned the Italian brand ... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
I have heard the Jinro in several systems, including one with AN-E speakers where I am familiar with its sound.  The Jinro is a good sounding amp, but, it seems just a bit too laid back and not as exciting and vivid as I like.   For a non-SET amp... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
If you are really insisting on SET, and want the best of that sound, to me it is low-powered SET, and anything close to 40 wpc is out of the question.  I have only heard a few 833 and 1610 and other high-powered SETs, and never in a system I am fa... 
Thin Line Between Critique and Courtrooms: A Dialogue on the Recent Audiophile Drama
Did Tekton actually sue Erin, or merely "threaten" to sue?  What would constitute a "threat"?  If Erin relies heavily on measurements, an incorrect measurement would could damage the company's reputation and I can see why they would take action.  ... 
Your thoughts on best audiophile speakers in $10,000 neighborhood?
I am also very much in the PureAudioProject camp. They deliver a very natural, open and pure sound.  Because they are open baffle, bass waves from the back of the speaker and the front wave interact and cancel bass, so they are a touch lean in the... 
Solar Eclipse Music
The song I did play today is nonoise’s suggestion-“Black Hole Sun.”    
Halcro update
My first hearing of their gear at CES.  An industry insider I knew told me that I must hear their gear.  He said that his encounter brought tears to his eyes because of the flood of memories it triggered; it reminded him of the first time he heard... 
Solar Eclipse Music
“Eclipse” from “Dark Side of the Moon”  
Looking for 50-100 watts of Tube Power (give or take) for my JBL 4349s
The thing about tube amps is that there is a VAST difference in sound among different types and brands, so you really need to do some auditioning to determine what best suits your taste.  For my own taste, I would be looking for something on the w... 
Sota Sapphire and Isolation?
While it is impossible for us to know what the complex interactions will be, the odds favor a bad reaction to putting a sprung table on a sprung platform.  Even a slightly compliant platform, like the Ginko platform may be a negative, but, one can... 
Audio Note DAC Owners- please share your thoughts
I've heard a couple Lampizators (don't recall the models) and I like them too.  They are examples of good sounding tube DACs that aren't merely a tube buffer tacked on as an afterthought.  I can see why they would be someone's favorite.