Responses from mikem

My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
@viber6  Thanks !  that is a great recording.. Pianos are VERY difficult to get to sound “real”. Most recordings and playback systems make piano sound like a string instrument, when a piano is actually a percussive instrument with hammers hitting... 
When choosing new Speakers, what matters most to you?
@christian  Good morning.. I heard these at a show a couple of years earlier.  When I sold my Vonschweikert speakers and moved to a smaller room, I wanted something efficient and smaller that fit the room and worked with lower powered amps. I als... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
@jays_audio_lab  Jay made some good comments above regarding neutrality..  In my many decades of owning many different brands and types of audio gear, I have been through many changes to my system after I learned that “pleasing” sound can be bori... 
Selling off Tubes for Solid State, A Cooler Love Story?
I had a pair of VK75SE monos in a big room and it put out lots of heat. Same for the 845 amp I used to own..  The Pass XA25 get fairly warm to touch but Doesn’t heat up the room.. Same for my FW SIT3 amp.   
Michael Nesmith
R.I.P.   I remember listening to and watching them back in the late 60’s.     
Line Stage Preamps that blew you away $2500 Edition
Music First Audio baby reference V2 SE passive TVC.    
When choosing new Speakers, what matters most to you?
Fitting the speakers to the room is most important.  I had a wonderful pair of Vonschweikert VR7’s that worked beautifully in my dedicated large listening room.. When we downsized and I lost my dedicated room to the now smaller Den, the VR7’s had... 
Fist Watt F6 vs Pass Labs XA 25
@tubebuffer  how sensitive are your speakers? And their configuration?  
Fist Watt F6 vs Pass Labs XA 25
@keithr  The XA25 is quite different compared to the other Pass amps. Those who never heard it sometimes generalize the sound. It’s quite different in that it only uses 1 pair of puck sized output transistors per channel vs the more typical 14 pa... 
Weakest digital link: DAC - Streamer - Server?
It all matters..  I think many overlook the output section of the DAC. This is critical just like a preamp or an amplifier..  going overboard on routers, Ethernet cables  will not be as effective as having a quality D to A section with a good PS.   
Good or Best Surge Protector
@erik_squires  I agree.. Whole house is good for appliances and such, but for delicate computer, stereo gear.. A Brickwall surge protected used with whole house breaker protection is your best bet. I use this setup here in NC  
McIntosh- Sweetest, Smoothest sounding Solid State ?
I thought McIntosh used output transformers on their SS amps to purposely give them that rounded tube like sound. Not for me, but Which is best is up to the listener. Carver SS amps of yore used to provide outputs or a switch for tube like sound. ... 
Fist Watt F6 vs Pass Labs XA 25
I owned the XA25 and now the SIT3. I had these both side by side for 6 months before I decided to keep the SIT3.  The XA25 has more drive and is quite neutral sounding..  A bit flat compared to the SIT3, but a better match if your speakers are not... 
What do audiophiles do in their cars?
“What do audiophiles do in their cars?” Drive to fedex or UPS to pickup audio components for my home stereo that I ordered :)    
Who makes great active preamps ? Tube or solid state or hybrid.
If I were going for an active preamp, I would look into the Thomas Mayer 10Y.