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@elizabeth Why 3.7i's why not 20's with all that available height? 
Power Amp advice
Kcleveland: Thanks. I am sure the Sanders are fabulous. New they are well out of reach for me. I have not seen any on the used market.BTW. The hum appears to be fixed. It was mechanical rather than electrical. (something was vibrating). Tightening... 
Power Amp advice
lndryguru: Thanks I will check that out. Soix: Since my Parasound is working well, I am in less of a hurry. However I am still looking to upgrade and have read good things about McCormack gear especially the DNA 2. I will consider. atmasphere: Tha... 
Bryston or Pass Labs
So this is a very interesting discussion for me. I am considering a couple of used units: A Pass 250.5 and a pair of Bryston 7b ST’s Both for the same price ($2,200) As these are used units from private sellers, sending them back because they don’... 
Opinions on Parasound A21 & A21+
I find this discussion very interesting.  I have an old Parasound H2200 which is getting a little long in the tooth and may be in need of a refresh (It sounds good to me but I reently had a hum - not through the speakers that was resolved by tight... 
Power Amp advice
Thanks everyone, for all of the great advice. I look forward to more!!I had not considered DAC, McIntosh or any of the brands mentioned by Lukaske (except Pass). I will definitely look into those. I very much appreciate gratefuleric’s suggestion, ... 
Power Amp advice
Well as long as I had everything disconnected I turned the unit over and tightened all the screws on the bottom. This would include the screws that secure the transistors to the chassis. Some were very tight. All were tighter than finger tight. a ... 
Power Amp advice
LOL  After a few minutes the hum is back.  Not as loud as before, but still annoying. 
Power Amp advice
Blissful silenceIt has been a long time since I have lived in a house that had any two pronged receptacles, so cheater plugs are in short supply.  Not so unused IEC power cords.  So I cut off the ground prong on one of them.  No luck  Still, it wa... 
Power Amp advice
Thanks anzaanimalclinic. The folks at audioreview all said the amp hummed when they received it. Mine was absolutely silent for a year (I bought it used on e-bay for $400). I will give the cheater plug treatment a try even though that seems wrong ... 
Power Amp advice
Thanks, MrD.  There has been no change that I can think of, but I will move the beast around to see if changing outlets / circuit makes a difference.My tendency is to just leave it on and one morning I woke to it singing. (sans words)I have been o... 
The Music Room
Hi lowrider57 I hear you on the cables and thinking you missed the return deadline. It is still surprising that you did not contact them, being so close to the perceived deadline. By your own account you considered them to be a reputable firm, and... 
The Music Room
I am the guy that started this thread. I did purchase from them and was satisfied with the transaction. They have a 45 day return policy and pay return shipping for defective items. So something does not ring true about lowrider57’s claim. That al... 
Why does my DAC sound so much better after upgrading digital SPDIF cable?
All this noise about digital cables. As one person noted, a digital cable actually carries an analog signal. However, the magic is the software. When a digital signal is sent it is sent with what are called stop bits and a checksum. The hardware a... 
My first Tube Amplifier
My first tube amplifier was a hybrid: A New York Audio Labs Amp with a combination of tubes an mosfets. It was paired to a New York Audio labs minuet preamplifier. It sounded pretty sweet. It was, however a little noisy. I was powering bose 901’s ...