|Ever sit down to listen and just say wow?|
I don't say "Wow" nearly as much as I say, "What a great album!"
|Amplifiers and Dynaudio C2 signatures|
No affiliation with the seller, but there's a Coda 15.5 on Audiogon right now. That amp--if you are seeking serious clarity, a just-right touch of warmth, and the ability to drive lower-impedance loads with ease--is tough to beat, IMO. If I didn't...
|Who is the WORST Audio Shop?|
I hung out at Singer a bit back in the day, and if I recall correctly, Dave Lalin (now of Audio Doctor) was a salesman there. He always BS'd with me and let me play with the gear, even though I clearly wasn't a fat-wallet type. (I did buy a fair a...
|Components I would have died for when I was a wee pup|
Avantgarde Trios. I still remember hearing the Who's "Live at Leeds" through them. The amps shredded my ears, but it was certainly memorable, and I always wondered what the AGs would sound like with a friendlier amp. I found out years later, and a...
|Which songs or musical standards have haunted you?|
Harry Nilsson's take on Badfinger's "Without You." Man, if that doesn't haunt you, you're haunt-proof! :)
|Your first component that was "special"|
Dunlavy Cantata speakers. They were special. I eventually sold them because I was on the audio merry-go-round--a decision I regretted for quite a while.
|Closest to pass labs int 250 or x250.8|
I own a CSIB, and it's a wonderful integrated. I use it in a second system, though it certainly will easily fit in with a main/reference rig. Ballsy and detailed, but with just enough warmth to sound "right." Congrats on an excellent purchase (IMH...
|Which system would you rather have?|
Without going into the gory details, I spent a TON on this hobby, trying to achieve a system that was truly outstanding in all parameters. But, over time, it became increasingly clear to me that "outstanding" is a relative term. What may be outsta...
|Soundtracks that you listen all the way through and it's all great.|
"Jaws," particularly the Intrada edition. Probably my favorite non-rock soundtrack of all time.
|Canadian rock and roll|
Sloan. A truly fantastic power-pop band.
|Elac B5 and B6??? Just another flash in the pan speaker?? or worth it|
I have the F5 floorstanders in a very modest two-channel TV system, and they are pretty damn impressive for anything close to their price. I damp the top of the cabinets with shot, and that seems to help a little bit.My best friend just got the UF...
|Do we really need anything more than 8" woofer and 1" tweeter for medium size room?|
My speakers have two 6" TL drivers per side, and a ribbon, and I augment them with an EQ'd 15" sub in my 24' x 20' room--but that's a personal choice. I listen mostly to rock, pop, and old-school R&B and country, and my combination of speakers...
|Whats playing on your system today?|
Elvis Presley, "Way Down in the Jungle Room." IMO, this release refutes the common assertion that the King was totally spent as a creative force in the last year or so of his life. There's a bunch of really good stuff on here.
|I just watched the greg allman tribute|
I'm currently reading Gregg's autobiography, "My Cross to Bear." Picked it up at a library book sale for a buck! Even though I've been an ABB fan a long time, I'm learning a lot about his life. I'm at the point in the book where Duane is killed, a...
|Recommendation for Improvement over McCormack DNA-225|
I second the Coda suggestion. I'm a big Coda booster--I think they deserve more love than they get--and I think the CSX would deliver plenty of grunt in the bottom, yet give you transparent and sweet mids and highs.BUT I also agree with Nonoise th...