rbstehno

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Drummers! Which amps do you use for best Timing & Dynamics?
As a drummer, what's important for me is the highs (tweeter) and how fast the decay is in the bass. I remember in 1978 when purchasing my 1st hifi system, I would go in with albums that I liked to show off the drum sound and listened for cymbal so... 
Streamer vs. new mac mini for 2 channel system
you are looking at this the wrong way. Its not the Mac that is the issue (in over a dozen years running over multiple Macs, never have had any crashing/issues), its USB. If you look at the different threads about using USB, you will see hundreds i... 
Budget Hunter: Spendor S8e vs Totem Hawk
Totem if you like a more dynamic speaker. Totems are not edgy or bright sounding. I have owned and listened to British speakers and all are too dark for me except B&W, they are way to bright for me. 
How are most audiophiles going from streamers to DACS
Ethernet or I2S. Most people will say there dac doesn't have those connections and you would be right. The better dacs do and for good reason. You can spend hundreds if not much more trying to get USB to sound half way decent and that's after spen... 
How many dealers do you use?
0 for over a dozen years.last dealer was the used dealer in pdx. I attended ces and rmaf and got many ideas on what to get. Problem with most dealers is that they don’t have all the gear you want. 1 dealer might have the speakers you want, but not... 
Best Preamp and Amp combination, interesting finding!!!
oldaudiophile - your statement isn’t true for all cases. I thought the same way by owning nice integrated amps costing $6000 or more. With those systems I used more efficient a little smaller speakers. I upgraded my speakers to larger bigger speak... 
Best Preamp and Amp combination, interesting finding!!!
Why do you need a preamp? I eliminated my analog setup so I use my PSA DS sr dac straight to my amp. I think the amp is more important than a preamp: some of the speakers I have owned required a more powerful amp to get the best sound out of the s... 
What speaker has the best tweeter?
Usher DMD Diamond tweeter 
Revel Performa F228 Be speaker... thoughts?
I like the revel line of speakers. The 228’s are very nice but I preferred the Salon and Studio 2’s. When auditioning speakers a few years back, I ended up buying the larger Usher speakers instead of the Salon 2’s. I prefer the DMD Diamond tweeter... 
How many of you are digital only systems?
Again, somebody doesn't know what they are talking about in regards to RTR. RTR has a 3-3/4 speed not 3.5. BTW: I've owned a few 10" RTR 15ips decks and RTR sounds great at 15ips, ok at 7.5, and terrible at 3-3/4 and 1-7/8. Too hard to get tapes a... 
Need a DAC Recommendation.
Save your money and get a used ps audio DS jr dac, it will blow these mentioned dacs away in sq and in features. For example: do the other dacs above have an Ethernet connection? Fpga based? I2s input? (I2s and Ethernet are the best inputs to use ... 
PS auido Direct stream Dac
IMO, the PS Audio DS jr dac surpasses most of the dacs listed on this thread. You get around 80% of the SQ of the DS sr dac for 1/2 the money. I owned 1 for 2 years and moved up to the DS sr. A word of caution when people are negative about this d... 
Bookshelf/Small Speakers
I used to have many pairs of totem speakers: model 1’s, arro, and a couple pairs of mani 2’s. I used a Rel sub with the model 1’s. The mani’s are far better than the model 1’s but you need a very good powerful amp, even the model 1’s need a good a... 
Seeking advice on power conditioners/regenerators
If you size the ps audio regenerator right it will improve your amps too. Conditioners are notorious for limiting amp sq and if you get too small of a regenerator you will be doing the same thing. Ps audio had an in-home trial policy so instead of... 
Did I damage my speakers?
You just put new amp in, can you put the old amp back in to see if the distortion goes away? Eliminate the last change 1st