mikem

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Stereophile's 2021 products of the year
Just wondering if any of the nay sayers/Haters ever heard or owned the Aegir amp(s) ?I have, and they were very good.. especially when you factor in their price..   
One Cord To Rule Them All
Try signal cable.. They have a 10ga power cord starting t 89$ that is well made and up to the task.. 
Vfet / SIT Amplifiers
Enjoying the SIT3 with my Daedalus Athena 95.5DB sensitive speakers. Currently using the Pass XP22 preamp which is kept at the upper range of the volume. I have no issues with low level listening and can crank it up with volume to spare.Still alwa... 
If you don't have a wide sweet spot, are you really an audiophile?
I have a 3 seat sofa with the center position being the sweet spot. My speakers are toed in 8 degrees. The center seat delivers the best “experience” that centrally immerses you in the music.The other seats get a full presentation, but from my aud... 
Are Pass Labs amps probably the best ever you can buy ?
I’m a big Pass fan...  but to simply say they sound the best period, is just silly..  Paired with what ?  Since I haven’t heard every amp out there, I can’t say what’s best..but I’m sure there are other amps out there worthy or equal to pass..Curr... 
Low gain preamp options
You usually want to keep the volume toward the high end of its scale. you want to amplify as much as the input signal as possible, not a small portion of it.. then you’re just amplifying mostly noise..  
Why would anyone want class AB amp when class A always sounds better ?
Just buy whatever sounds best to you..  Glad we have choices..I will stick with Class A amps as they provide the best sound to my ears. I agree with @atmasphere , The topology is simpler, but requires a better PS and ways to manage heat. Those who... 
Kandance Springs...Live From Daryl's House
Here is another one from Daryl’s house... great band, great recordings.. and some of the best music !!  here is Shelby Lynne, singing her soulful heart out and Daryl’s band works it perfectly.. They should sell these as singles... !!https://youtu.... 
Amplifier brand/designer with the most unique and consistent “house sound?”
@optimize “It would be interesting to compare ACA against a ncore. NC400 that is on the other end of the scale and is one of the best measuring amps.I guess that NC400 is one of those amplifier without any house sound with almost no distortion at ... 
Amplifier brand/designer with the most unique and consistent “house sound?”
Here we go with semantics again.. Pass tunes their amp to sound its best based on a group of people listening and adjusting the final sound to their liking. They always seem to measure well and with low distortion according to the reviews. dartzee... 
Amplifier brand/designer with the most unique and consistent “house sound?”
The house sound is usually purposely implemented to avoid fatigue or harshness of the overall sound.. They look for a “pleasing” sonic signature for “most”.  Thats how PASS designs their equipment. It is a group effort and they ALL listen to and a... 
Stereo system vs Steinway
46% humidity is optimal for hardwoods. Especially Walnut which cracks easily when too dry. I would not go too much past 50% indoor humidity if possible.  
Hospital / Industrial Grade Isolation Transformers for AC
Isolation transformers are a good idea especially if you have noisy AC lines. I would take it a step further and go with a Balanced isolation transformer, which thru CMR, will reduce the noise floor even further.  Just be sure to size it with some... 
Disappointment with Pass Labs - I'm looking for something else
@jetter  It’s easier to justify your purchase when you liquidate something to offset the cost..  I already have 2 preamps, CD player, countless tubes and cables sitting unused that need to be gone..  yet I feel compelled to keep it all..  it’s a s... 
Power regenerator vs conditioner
A simpler and effective approach would be a BPIT. balanced power isolation transformer. It’s a big ass transformer that runs cool, provides CMR, common mode rejection which cancels out noise and provides isolation from the mains via windings. I’ve...