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You know you are an Audiophile when:
You not only want to see the back of the unit, you Google it to find an image of it with the case removed.  
...do great speakers increase in value over time in the vintage market?
I agree with chrshanl37. When inflation is factored in, there is generally no appreciation. I had a pair of JBL L-166 that I had to sell during a divorce (still sad about that). They generally retailed for about $800 a pair in 1979/80. I bought mi... 
$1000 bookshelf speakers with "recessed", "laid back" or "flat" mid-range?
I recently bought some Revel Concerto2 M16's to replace some forward sounding Paradigm's. Wonderful, speakers. Retails for $900.  
Don't like vinyl
I almost gave up on vinyl until I sold my entry level manual deck for a vintage automatic Technics TT. Now I only stream music 93% of time instead of 99% of the time.  
Two Turntables? Why
I replaced a modified Project manual turntable with a Technics automatic from the early 80's. I really enjoy the auto shut off, but miss the more exacting sound of the Project. I may add a decent quality manual in the future for serious listening,... 
Why no interest in reel to reel if you're looking for the ultimate sound?
I used to sell RTR decks, back in the day. We had a Pioneer RT 1011L, at the store, that we used for demo purposes. We had recorded a bunch of direct to disc cuts at 15 ips on it's 1/2 track head assembly. Sounded excellent. For the purpose of hig... 
Direct Drive vs. Idler Drive vs. Belt drive
My TT drive experience is on the lower end of the audiophile spectrum. After many years of non-vinyl listening, I inherited an old, entry level belt drive Hitachi TT. This table was surprisingly good, but I could tell it had some sonic limitations... 
A philosophical question.
I manage to do a little of both. I find that exploring new music is like exploring new literature or hobbies. Keeps my 64 year old brain from more rapid distintigration. 
Smooth sounding integrated
Look for a used Arcam SA20. About 80 watts/channel , good phono stage and some digital inputs. I had the FMJ 19 with no digital inputs, but a really nice phono stage and 50 watts/channel. It was about a grand new. If you can find any NIB Cambridge... 
My stereo receiver is a little too bright. Can a cable help me out?
If you love vintage gear, trade your Pioneer for a Sansui AU --17. I would consider an AU-717 or AU-917 integrated amp. They sell for about what your SX-1050 is worth. I used to sell both lines, in the day. The Pioneers always sounded too bright, ... 
Is it a good idea to buy CD players over 10 years old even it is a reliable brand?
I'm not sure I even belong on this blog. I bought a used NAD CD player, built in 1999, for the princely sum of $50. The display is shot, even after replacing the backlight. But it still spins discs and has a digital output that I utilize through a... 
Audioquest vs. Others
My local dealer sold me some used AQ Copperheads and G-snakes, some years ago. At one point, I had separates and used a set of "Better Cables", silver plated 99% OCC cables between the amp and preamp. These cost $80/ft. in 2006. I was using this c... 
Amps with meters ...
I think having nice big analog VU meters, on the face of a vintage amplifier, makes for an easier sale to novices. I know they're useless, but they do look cool on some vintage gear. A MAC would look naked without those big blue meters staring out... 
Top vintage receivers vs. modern high-end equipment
I used to sell audio equipment in the stereo heyday of the mid-70's to early 80's. I found the upper end of Sansui receivers and the entire integrated amplifier range to be better sounding, more neutral and have greater detail than any of the othe... 
So many great golden era DD tables out there, what do you recommend for $1000?
Oh my, the thread went from Vintage DD turntables to a moral discussion on utilization of animal byproducts. I'm not going to weigh in on that, but here are some other recommendations: The Pioneer PL 600 (not the more recent plastic version), whic...