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Musical Fidelity A3 24 Up/oversampling DAC
Pumps and motors are both create terrible noise on the power lines. I use those Quiet Line things too, and they seem to do jack (no pun intended) when there is major noise on the line, but they do help clean up smaller stuff. It might be time to a... 
Girlfriends and wifes, how do YOU cope?
I tell my girlfriend I am going to buy something, but I keep saying that I am not sure which unit I will buy, and therefore tell her a price range which is usually quite broad. Then I buy something and when she asks how much it was, I tell her the... 
Who R U?
I am 21 and have been doing hifi for about 10 years now. I got hooked when my father bought a B&O system (yes, I know what you're thinking) and I came to understand that there were stereos made by companies other than Sony. I just graduated fr... 
Power cable upgrades, or Power conditioner?
Hmmm. I am wondering if any power modification is going to fix the issue of fatigueing sound. Generally power conditioners and good cords enhance detail, lower the noise floor and improve dynamic range (or some combination of those, depending on t... 
Speaker Mods?
Modifying speakers is really iffy. You really might want to think about just buying new speakers, especially since no one will ever buy modified speakers. Totem makes bookshelf and small floorstanding speakers with a lot of bass, and those can be ... 
classe ca 200 running too hot?
I generally agree with the above. I own a revised CA-200 and find that it feels pretty hot occasionally (even without music being played) but that is a level of hot like, "As a cold-blooded lizard, I enjoy lying on this odd looking rock" rather th... 
New Dedicated Audio Room
www.silentsource.com has sheet rock replacements that are sonically absorbative. I'd call them. 
Classe 201? Need inputs
Perhaps it was just tough loads but I have never heard a 151 sound as good as a 201. I looked at both and did not like the 151 at all but bought a 201. If 151 is the only one in your price range, look at McCormacks. Their DNA series performs bette... 
Phono Preamp acting as a Tuner. Help!
It should be parts upstream of the phono stage but if covering it with you hand worked, maybe that is worth investigating. My suggestion is get some lead shot or a sheet of lead and put it over your phono stage. That should definately stop any rad... 
XLRs vs RCAs
Gregorie, Huh? Most cable companies charge very little more for XLR. For example Tara charges $33/pair more for XLR cables until you get into the Air series when RCA and XLR are the same cost. 
Mark Levinson 331 good amplifier ?
I guess I am going to be the dissenting voice. I think the 331 is nothing wonderful. I am not biased against Levinson gear, I love the 33H, but I don't think the 331 is a great amp. I think that Classe, McCormack, Pass Labs and others make better ... 
Dynaudio, ProAc, Totem???
I have heard Totem One's mated very successfully with McCormack amps. I love the way the Totems sound, but do not have much experience with the other speakers. From what I have read though, they are all comparable speakers and individual taste sho... 
Is Classe CA-200 a good buy?
How a good a deal it is depends on several things: First off, I assume it is used since the CA-200 is discontinued. Additionally I think the later model of the CA-200 (the one with the heat sinks on the side) is better than the old version. In fac... 
DIY Equipment and Speaker Stands
Turns out audiogon doesn't like ASCII art, I guess there will be no sketch. 
DIY Equipment and Speaker Stands
Spouse aproval on DIY stuff is difficult. The best thing I know of for DIY speakers stands is to drive three or four REALLY thick nales (like masonry nails) through a board that is about 13" x13" and then use screws to attach an identical board ov...