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Responses from mark_hubbard

Favorite song to demo or test drive speakers?
Joan Baez album - Diamonds and Rust (CD or LP) 
Putting weights on speakers?
I mass loaded my old pair of ProAc EBS out of necessity, as they are just the right height to support a one-inch piece of plywood used as a large display table beneath the windows in our bedroom. The table holds a heavy 28" brass Buddhist statue a... 
Looking for an integrated amp around 4000 to 5000.
Just a little squeak from the peanut gallery: I have a line-level Jeff Rowland Consonance remote-controlled preamp (single-ended inputs only, sorry) sitting atop a gorgeous Jeff Rowland Model 2 amplifier, connected by a balanced pair of Kimber Her... 
Guest suddenly takes it upon herself to move my speakers
ebm wrote: "I would tell people please enjoy your system but do not touch anything." Well said. 
Do you ever do this before you listen?
USA Today, Dec. 7, 2018: "A woman who was told by her doctor to rinse her sinuses twice daily to clear up a chronic sinus infection died from a brain-eating amoeba. The woman, 69 from Seattle, was using tap water filtered using a Brita Water Purif... 
Do you ever do this before you listen?
@barnettk: I tried what you suggested upon reading your original post, and it immediately plugged up my left ear! I should have read the rest of your and other contributors’ posts before trying it. Now, if I gently occlude my ear canals with the s... 
Non-audiophile needs help with older system.
That new old stock (NOS) Acoustic Research Teledyne Synthesized Tuner T-06 on eBay for $130 shipped may not be such a good deal. The important thing to clarify is that the mid-fi mass-market company called "Acoustic Research" is/was completely unr... 
Best balanced linestage/preamp for $4000 or less ???
I can highly recommend a used Audio Research LS-16 for your system. I've encountered zero reliability issues with Audio Research. You should be able to find one for less than $2000. Replacement tubes are inexpensive and rarely need changing. Happy... 
Does anyone leave their amp and preamp on all the time?
I notice my Audio Research tubed line-level preamps (LS-15 and LS-16) keep the tubes glowing even when turned off; I believe this not only offers better sound sooner but also extends the life of the tubes. (I don't know about tubed amps, however.)... 
Romex and breaker switches
Thank you for your PM, Larry, and thanks as well to everyone for your suggestions! 
Romex and breaker switches
Why would anyone need 7 dedicated lines in one room? That is ridiculous!I am asking out of ignorance and respectfully seeking advice from those with experience installing dedicated lines to improve sound performance. I warmly welcome constructive ... 
Romex and breaker switches
Another question. Our living room (including / TV / surround amps / stereo system / powered subwoofer) is at the back end of our house with a peaked ceiling that does not allow for attic access, making rewiring a pain for any electrician. Our hous... 
Adcom?
I'm with mattmiller: the Adcom GFA 555 was (and still is) a great bargain-priced amp (used) and perfect for the entry-level audiophile or for someone who wants a decent 2-channel amp for surround speakers. Another great buy for the audiophile on a... 
E-BAY and SHIPPING ARE GETTING OUT OF CONTROL
When shopping on Audiogon, to avoid the cost of the frequently encountered phrase, "please add 3% for PayPal" on a heavy, expensive item, I offer to send a certified check by FedEx with next day delivery and the actual cost of FedEx Ground shippin... 
Seller suspended from Audiogon...
Thank you for letting us know....Kind regards,Mark H.Eureka, California