randyhat

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Phono amp gain too high? (EAR 834p)
If I may resurrect this thread a year later...I am having some cartridge/EAR mis-match issues of my own.  First of all I have an EAR 834p and it has worked wonderfully with my low output Grado Reference cartridge (.5mV).  Since I've had the Grado ... 
Grado cartridges still worth the money?
I have the Grado Statement 2 (low output) which just replaced the older version of the same cartridge that I had for over 15 years.  VPI Aries turntable and the original VPI HW 10 tonearm.  Great midrange...open and detailed.  I've been very happy... 
Best full range loudspeaker for the used price of 10 to 13,000 dollars
I would second the recommendation to consider the Proac D48R.  I auditioned these extensively just a few months ago.  Ultimately I chose the Vandersteen Quatro CT (which I would also recommend you consider).  I have always enjoyed the Proac sound ... 
Best full range loudspeaker for the used price of 10 to 13,000 dollars
There is a pair of Vandersteen Quatro CT dealer demos for sale here.https://www.audiogon.com/listings/full-range-vandersteen-quatro-wood-ct-speakers-2017-03-30-speakers...Highly recommended and right in your budget. 
What is you TIDAL setup?
" I suggest you consider getting a model without the DAC builtin into the player/streamer and keep the DAC separate. "Well now, that is exactly the dilemma I am in.  For simplicity the A10 its appealing; like a integrated amp is appealing as oppos... 
What is you TIDAL setup?
Thank you for your input about the A10.  The simplicity of having a "one box" streamer/dac/storage component certainly is appealing.  I do read the Computer Audiophile forum.  While there was a review a while back and there is a lot of discussion ... 
What is you TIDAL setup?
So tell me more about the A10.  I am considering this unit but have read very little about it and am curious to get a first hand report from an owner. 
New Lux SACD unit
Please pardon one more BDA-3 digression.  I have a Sony XA5400ES which has an HDMI output.  Has anyone tried running the 5400ES through the BDA-3.  I am thinking of getting the the BDA-3 to attach to a streamer but if I could improve my 5400ES tha... 
Best standalone music server?
It's not that Bluesound is not "high end enough" for me.  From what I've heard the DAC is good and the digital output connection is good.  Unfortunately I have neither a separate DAC nor do I have a preamp with digital inputs.  I would have to use... 
Best standalone music server?
Regarding "best" standalone server.  I too am looking for something with an integrated DAC, storage and ability to stream Tidal.  I am thinking about ripping all my CDs (about 1000...sigh).  I considered the Bluesound Vault.  It certainly is inexp... 
When and how did you, if at all, realize vinyl is better?
I was never completely convinced that vinyl sounded better than digital.  Back in the 80s I was quick to embrace the CD.  The absence of pops and clicks was enough for me abandon records.  Do to my modest analog setup I had never heard the true po... 
Aurender A-10
The A10 has been out for a while now.  Any owners want to share their impressions. 
What's in your CDP tonight? the minority report
Allison Kraus - Windy CityVan Morrison - The "essential" collection 
Any Vandersteen 7 Owners in SFO Bay Area ?
You should be able to get very close.  I just got the Quatros and have had them in my system for a little over a week.  I am coming from stand mounted monitors with a single REL sub.  I was curious to hear the difference in the bass between the tw... 
Have you ever tried a pair of speakers and said this Is the last thing I will ever need.
My most recent forever speaker was just delivered and setup in my house a couple of days ago. The Vandersteen Quatro CT. I will have more to say later. Listening to music right now.