mitch2

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Price increases are insane
I always find these "greedy manufacturers" threads interesting since nobody is forced to buy the stuff. Vote with your wallet. As to audio accessories, do audiophiles really need these things to achieve great sound, or does the hype outpace the r... 
Many higher end preamps are dated and ugly, why is this?
@perazzi28  "good preamplifiers are few & far between" I agree.  I went through about 20 before finding one I could live with long term.  
Feet One-o-0ne
Over the years, I have tried various spikes from the simple ramset spikes that come with Sound Anchor stands to Audio Points and then to edenSound's Bearpaws with spikes.  In the past year or so, I switched to using Herbie's Giant Fat Gliders and ... 
Many higher end preamps are dated and ugly, why is this?
@ghdprentice +1  As a group the people that can afford high end audio components we dictate through purchases what manufacturers can sell profitably. As I like to say, we vote with our wallets.  Visual appearance is probably more of a factor ... 
On or off
My SS monoblocks remain powered on all the time unless I am going out of town or in the event of thunderstorms.  In fact, upon the recommendation of the designer for sound quality, they do not even have an on/off switch - if the PC is plugged in, ... 
Are Tube Buffers for real or even worth it ?
The functional purpose of an active buffer is to improve impedance mismatches by reducing higher impedance inputs to lower impedance outputs.  This can be helpful when driving amplifiers with low input impedances, when using passive volume control... 
Audiophile Grade Wall Receptacle
What attributes would an "audio grade circuit breaker" have that would make it different from a regular circuit breaker currently in use in the USA?  Can you post a link to an example?  
Audiophile Grade Wall Receptacle
Thanks for the video @mjcmt, I find this stuff interesting from a standpoint of how marketing and audiophile lore, i.e., stories told (not around campfires but) around these forums, have shaped opinions and purchases made by "audiophiles" over the... 
Balanced versus single ended
The issue goes beyond simply the use of different cables as the "standard for balanced line operation" that Ralph often discusses focuses on how audio equipment is designed with respect to grounding and shielding as discussed here. Could there be... 
PS Audio FPGA dac
Like many things audio that are introduced with much fanfare - they eventually blend in with the crowd.   
Roon Support, or lack thereof
Same deal with their subscription service.  On the surface, it seems like sort of a cop-out but the two times I needed help it was pretty effective. I do agree there should be another option for people who purchase hardware directly from them, an... 
objective vs. subjective rabbit hole
all I was suggesting is that, if a forum like this exists to share informed opinions about the quality of gear (and I think that is its main purpose), then those opinions should be "informed" by more than just personal preference. They should be ... 
objective vs. subjective rabbit hole
How can you hope to persuade me of any particular claim to audiophilic excellence IMO, rather than be persuaded, people should review both subjective opinions as well as objective measurements and specifications, compare those with their own ex... 
"World's Best Cables" vs Audioquest interconnects
Uh, the OCC process was not even discovered until 1986. In 1986 the Ohno Continuous Casting (OCC) process was introduced. The world patent "UP-OCC" (Ultra Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting Process) was developed by professor Ohno of Chiba I... 
What defines mid-fi versus high-end?
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