minorl

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Are "vintage" DAC's worthwhile, or is this a tech that does not age well
Interesting post.  Very interesting responses and observations.My contribution:1.  All dac do not sound the same.2.  The analog output section (basically a pre-amp) and the thought and effort put into the power supply matters greatly.Also, somethi... 
Using paypal for local pickup
No one is coming to my home, listening to the piece, physically inspecting it, putting it in their vehicle and leaving without paying cash.  That is just wrong on many levels. They can’t claim later that it wasn’t workin, didn’t match the advertis... 
Level matching for a/b testing?
Two ways.  One for digital and another for analog for me.  For digital I play a Song at the level I like on the original equipment.  I then play a test tone with my test cd, i measure the level of the test tone,  I the swap the piece i’m comparing... 
Custom Phono interconnect build-out shops or vendors?
look on the Audio Art web site.They hand make their cables and are actually quite nice when I've compared them to much more expensive cables.they are my go-to cables now.  I just bought a DIN to XLR  phono cable from them recently which blows away... 
Mark Levinson - refurbish or start fresh
Also, George Meyer AV in Los Angeles does outstanding work.They are also authorized repair centers for Audio Research, Mark Levinson and many many others.I've used them several times on Mark Levinson ML3, 23.5, Audio Research, and each time was qu... 
Mark Levinson - refurbish or start fresh
That 380s is to this day still an outstanding pre-amp.  I would definitely keep it.  I would have it checked out to see if it is operating within spec, but, it is definitely a keeper.As for the amp, unless you have in your possession or heard in y... 
Paying with a cashiers check? Need advice!
if something doesn't feel right and you can't resolve it, then walk away.  There will be another unit out there soon enough.Same with Buyers.  When they give me trouble, I simply refuse to sell to them.  enjoy 
Paying with a cashiers check? Need advice!
Remember, Paypal solely protects the buyer and not the seller and Audiogon is now in bed with Paypal and only allows paypal transactions, unless one can arrange payment some other way.  I have sold many items over the years to people that lived cl... 
For ARC lovers, Problems?
By-the-way, for the record, I like VAC, D'Agostino, Triangle Art and Atmosphere products also.  amoung others.the fun part would be to do A/B comparisons of each pre-amp in the same system or better yet, in your home system.  matching the levels a... 
For ARC lovers, Problems?
The matched tubes were NOT close to Audio Research technical requirements.  apologies.enjoy 
For ARC lovers, Problems?
@roxy1927, you mentioned that tubes continually blew.  What repairs were done by the authorized rep?In my opinion, to make a blanket determination that Audio Research products are not reliable is simply not accurate.  You will see some Audio Resea... 
Which speakers did you find bright, fatiguing or just disappointing in some way?
Sometimes its not the speaker but the combination of the speaker/amp and room that causes such brightness.Also, many people find horn speakers too bright, but, in actuality, they may be driven by the wrong electronics or, better yet, they are righ... 
Recommendations for a Ripper/Streamer/Storage device, or a combo of two devices?
Many of us have thousands of CDs.  Although streaming services can be pretty good.  I have still found that music from my CD transport to the DAC sounds still better than the music from my Streamer/Ripper to the DAC.  Just to be clear, my vinyl (a... 
Anything SS sounds better than D'Agostino ?
The problem is, if you aren't listening to the amps in the exact same system, changing only the amps and absolutely nothing else, we are all speculating.Because in separate systems, as you know, you are listening to everything else also.  Cables, ... 
Fraud, what do you look for to spot a risk?
Paypal protects the buyer, not the seller.  And Fraud can go either way even with paypal. Audiogon is in bed with paypal and has removed all other forms of payment.  The best prevention, go pick up the unit personally and pay after you have heard ...