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phillyb

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CD or Streaming... am I missing out?
I am a vinyl guy, then I went to CD and never looked back. Yes, early CD sound was iffy, but then early LPs were also bad sounding fidelity wise, both improved over time. I tried streaming, burning CDs, and gone to audio stores to hear the latest ... 
How many plays can you get out of a good record?
The general rule from the time I started collecting vinyl was to buy 1st pressing after that quality went down, 2nd have your arm and cartridge setup properly back then they used scopes and took 2 hours or more to aline both. Then store your LPs i... 
Audioquest Dragon Powercord vs Hurricane
Which power cords will sound better would depend on your room acoustics and speakers, and then lastly gear. But the room rules. Dragon is so balanced from top to bottom, the bass is deep but tight, but if you have speakers that can go to 30Hz that... 
Marantz SA-KI Ruby vs Denon DCS-A110 Anniversary Edition
Marantz SA-10 replaced my Esoteric K-01. Never looked back. SA-10 is that good sonically, well worth the money. I use XLR outs. settings, Dither 1, Noiseshaping 3-1, headphone amp off, Gain set to low (does make a difference for some reason, mid i... 
Torus vs AudioQuest Niagara
Having owned both I wound up with the PS Audio AC-12 for my front gear. Does what it claims it does, natural, best mico detail, lowest of them all noise floor thus details, vocals to die for. Just keep the setting simple, sinewave setting, high re... 
New equipment
Call age but after 40 years I’ve learned a few things in this hobby, once you nail it with the sound you enjoy, then after that, it’s like cooking, you change something for a "different sound" or as I say spice and flavor to the sound. I have seen... 
Which DACs are known to be sweet/rich/relaxed?
All systems depended, on who can tell anyone how something will sound in their system. Room (huge) and then what gear used and their mix and matched, power cords used (huge),  Good quality well made DAC from companies that built from the ground up... 
Is $2,844 too much to pay for a fuse?
$2,000 plus for a fuse, well I guess it has more parts than a preamp at $2,000 or an Amp at $2,000. Speakers perhaps at $2,000. Must be the cost of the design of the circuit board perhaps or the cost of the tubes used in the preamp that makes it $... 
I have seen some Interesting comments about Mcintosh lately
McIntosh is in so many high-end systems and there is a reason it sounds great, ultra reliable, people bash it, and I was one until I heard a system 10 years ago, I then owned it, like others the old passing on of myths from the 70's onward. It als... 
Fraud Ads Have Been Posted Lately
Man, what's wrong with people nowadays. I make a post to inform us all for the good of us all and like always at some point it turns into a negative argument and put-downs. Get a grip, life is too short.   
Fraud Ads Have Been Posted Lately
Family and Friend payments are OK with great past feedback from sellers. The reason for family and friends' requests now is due to sales being taxed by Paypal even though as we know we never see that money we pay off for the gear that is being rep... 
First impressions of the Isoacoustic Gaia 1’s
Anything you add under a component will change the sound. All over 25 years have said the same more open, more details, tighter bass. I’ve found the feet that came with the unit and were part of the design sound more natural. Same as spikes under ... 
Torus power vs the competition
Dealers use this site to sell their products if they sell a brand it is great when they stop the next brand they sell is better. Then of course newest and the latest is better, then there is the newest trend or hot one, like say a Puritan, that lo... 
Mark Levinson Amps startup & shutdown operation. Specifically 532H but really any ML amp
Own  the 532H. It's never had a issue and the Sonics are superb for any amp and I have been in this hobby a long time. Truth is any  piece of electronic gear can have issues, no matter how well it is made. Sometimes they fall, it a pain when it ha... 
MARK LEVINSON H SERIES AMPLIFIERS PERSONAL REVIEW
Jay’s review on the Mark Levinson 532H is dead-on right. I owned one and then made a change and put the 532H in storage along with the 326S preamp which was the natural match for the 532H and before that the 430’s series. After several years I put...