photon46

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Distortions that the human ear likes. Are there any ?
Nelson Pass has been investigating the subject of "pleasant distortion." He made a presentation on the subject at the 2017 Burning Amp Festival. Here's a rundown on what he's been up to:https://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/the-pass-h2-har... 
Doing the Power Cord Thing
"So far, I've heard apologists and personal attacks. Either I haven't built a cable using good enough parts, or I haven't gone through the appropriate rituals (stretching, cryogenic treatment, etc). "One needs thick skin to post on audio forums th... 
Can you get good quality sound on the short wall axis of a room??
I had my system set up on the long wall for many years and finally tried setting it up on the short wall. Even though the speakers are now closer to the side walls (41" from wall to center of speaker,) the setup is now symmetrical as opposed to pr... 
How much difference will a phono stage upgrade make?
The RCM is not tube based but as is the case with most quality components these days, the sonic differences between tubes vs. solid state is less than in the past. One thing I considered when debating tubes vs. non-tubed phono stages was the neces... 
How much difference will a phono stage upgrade make?
I've made several phono stage upgrades in the past. The last upgrade was the most difficult to get right. I tried several well reviewed phono stages listing above $2000 and was disappointed in the sound quality for the money spent compared to my p... 
Need power conditioner advice. In reference to Furman/Tice/PS Audio/Richard Gray.
I agree with Elizabeth regarding PSA's Power Plants, too many stories of breakdowns and repair issues. Things improved for PS Audio's power product's manufacturing quality after that model however. Don't let that one model taint your perception of... 
Audiomods Tonearm.....
Yes indeed, thanks for the update. I agree with MoFi, Jeff's arms are a tremendous bargain. I have greatly enjoyed his series IV arm. 
Arguments devolve on threads to wordsmithing contests
It isn't a trend isolated to this forum or audiophiles in general, the entire online ecosystem is up to its neck in semantic police. That said, written communication's true meaning often is less than clear in spite of the fact the author thinks th... 
Any opinions on vinyl audio quality of Dead Can Dance's new Dionysus?
After listening to the lp myself now, I find the mix a slight bit too "hot" and bright compared to everything else in their catalog. I don't know if this was recorded in their Quivvy Church studio or not as it's still for sale after at least two y... 
Starting Over...Need help finding the perfect integrated to replace everything
You may have a different set of priorities, but unless space were at an absolute premium I would consider separating the amplification from DAC duties. Why? Because a wonderful integrated like a Pass Labs, Luxman, Accuphase, etc. is nearly timeles... 
Starting Over...Need help finding the perfect integrated to replace everything
First, what's your budget? Are you wanting to purchase new or will you consider used? Not all contenders have dacs. What sensitivity speakers are you contemplating? There are many choices as far as power output goes.  
Most favored hearing aid for audiophiles
All the negative comments about the impact of hearing aids on listening acuity and how aging ears are inferior to young ones overlook the fact that the way our brain and ears function is adaptable and we can develop capacity to compensate for shor... 
Anyone used these audio ceramic slow blow fuses from Littlefuse?
Thanks for the follow up Bigshutterbug, sorry I didn't respond earlier. I wouldn't exactly say I'm a nonbeliever in tweaks of this nature, it's more an issue of whether the effects achieved by most tweaks are really worth the money one spends. By ... 
Thinking about upgrading, but wondering about diminishing returns
Liamowen, you asked about where to start with room treatments. As previously mentioned in this thread, GIK Acoustics in Atlanta would be a good source for both advice and product in my experience. Their product line is a good compromise between fu... 
Thinking about upgrading, but wondering about diminishing returns
We all have different ideas about where the set point for "diminishing returns" sets in. That said, I can't over emphasize how useful I found it to spend the time and money to go to an audio show and spend three days listening to a broad range of ...