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pros and cons: beryllium vs ribbon tweeters in sound and emotions terms
As Mapman said, I think it depends on how the tweeter is integrated into the complete design. I've heard good and bad examples of both kinds of tweeters.My current speakers have ribbon tweets, and they've been implemented nicely. And they sound th... 
Universal Players vs. Dedicated CD/SACD Players
Jafant:It's a modified Marantz SA-7S1. Not at all a fair fight between it and a stock Oppo, I realize. As I said, I just did it for giggles--to get a baseline on the Oppo. A buddy of mine is bringing his 105D over for a comparison next week. We're... 
Your jaw dropping cables
I've tried or owned my share of cables over the years, but the ones I keep coming back to are Jena Labs. They're the most finely balanced cables I've had in my system. While there may be things out there that do this or that a bit "better" (read: ... 
TUBE AMP LOVERS - What SS amp makes you smile???
I've mostly been a SS guy over the years, but I appreciate what good tube amps can do. The best tube amp I've owned was an Aria Audio 350XL hybrid, designed by Mike Elliott of Counterpoint fame. Looking back, that thing had it all--but I sold it w... 
What's in your CDP tonight? the minority report
Donny Hathaway "Everything Is Everything." The term "musical genius" gets bandied about a little too liberally sometimes, but Donny WAS a true genius. The sheer number of musical luminaries, both contemporary and from the past, who say the same th... 
Royal Oak, Michigan
This brings back some memories! 
Favorite CD treatment Products
Jafant: As I understand it, a key ingredient became unavailable and couldn't be replaced, and that's why the Jena was discontinued.¬†Geoff: I still have a bottle or two of the Liquid Rez hanging around, and it's great stuff. Sad to hear about Brian... 
Pass XA30.8 vs Luxman m600-a vs Hegel H20
You're very welcome, Vermeer. As I understand it, Reno Hi-Fi is good about letting people audition Pass gear. Maybe give them a call?http://renohifi.com/ 
Universal Players vs. Dedicated CD/SACD Players
Personally, I prefer keeping things separated. I have a dedicated CD/SACD player in my main rig and an Oppo 103 universal in my second system (for the rare DVD-A and Blu-Ray Audio disc I own). I put the Oppo in the main stack for giggles, but as d... 
Von Schweikert VR-1; What Amps are People Using?
When I had my VR-1s, I wound up running them with a Coda CSi-B integrated. They responded well to the ~330W of the amp, though I suspect it was probably major overkill. I ultimately added a pair of VR-S/1 subs, and that filled in the low end quite... 
What's in your CDP tonight? the minority report
Badfinger "a--." A very underrated record and one that deserved a far better fate. Just like the band. 
Parasound Halo JC-1 for Thiel CS 5i
I used to own a pair of JC1s, and still regret selling them. They were a very complete amp and could drive almost anything. But I got sucked into the typical "upgrade" carousel and let go of them for a song. I don't need nearly that much power wit... 
Favorite CD treatment Products
My fave was the Jena Labs Esoteric 3D-X as well. It made the biggest positive difference of all the many treatments I tried. It wasn't the easiest to work with, but it did some pretty amazing things to the sound. When it was discontinued, I switch... 
When I have seen people listing their systems lately
Personally, I couldn't care less what the market is doing or where it's going. I have a good SACD player and a large collection of CDs and SACDs, and they do the job for me. If that means my head is stuck in the sand, then so be it: let it be stuc... 
Pass XA30.8 vs Luxman m600-a vs Hegel H20
All the amps you mentioned (with the exception of the Hegel, which I haven't heard) is world-class, IMO. I've been particularly impressed with the upper-end Luxman gear, but the Pass 30.8 (with the right speaker load, which you have) is top-notch ...